This is my family's favorite vegetarian pasta bake with lots of tomatoes, cheese, and cream that we make regularly in my house. Kids, hubby, everyone loves it.


Recipe Summary

15 mins
42 mins
57 mins
6 servings


Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add penne and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 11 minutes. Drain.

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease a large baking dish.

  • Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a skillet over medium heat and cook garlic until fragrant, about 1 minute.

  • Combine chopped tomatoes, 3/4 cup mozzarella cheese, heavy cream, tomato paste, sour cream, remaining 3 tablespoons olive oil, and cooked garlic in a large bowl and season with Italian herbs, salt, and pepper. Mix in penne pasta and spread into the prepared baking dish. Cover with sliced tomatoes and sprinkle with remaining 1 cup mozzarella cheese, and Parmesan cheese.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until cheese is melted, about 30 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

You can also use a handful of fresh herbs like basil and oregano instead of the Italian seasoning.

If you want to save on calories you can substitute part of the cream with milk, but with cream it is to die for!

Nutrition Facts

695 calories; protein 24.9g 50% DV; carbohydrates 69.5g 22% DV; fat 37.3g 57% DV; cholesterol 90.5mg 30% DV; sodium 638.4mg 26% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
This was a rare dish that everyone in my 6-person family ate. Creamy and tomato-y! A keeper for us! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
I liked the emphasis on fresh tomatoes over a sauce which added a juiciness and bright flavor to totally great comforting cheesy to keep and repeat! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This was a rare dish that everyone in my 6-person family ate. Creamy and tomato-y! A keeper for us! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Everyone loved it, will surely make again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
perfect pasta bake! Can't wait to make this again when tomatoes are in season Read More