Easy Pasta Bake with Leek and Cheese

This quick and easy pasta bake with leeks and cheese makes a perfect midweek dinner when you're short on time. I make it often! You can add ham or bacon to the noodles if you like.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
45 mins


  • 8 ounces penne pasta

  • 1 bunch leeks, quartered lengthwise and cut into 2-inch pieces

  • 1 cup heavy cream

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 1 ½ cups shredded Emmentaler cheese

  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 475 degrees F (245 degrees C). Grease a baking dish.

  2. Bring two pots of lightly salted water to a boil. Add penne to one pot and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 11 minutes. Add leeks to the second pot and cook for 2 minutes. Drain leeks well.

  3. Meanwhile, heat cream and butter in a saucepan over low heat until hot. Whisk in Emmentaler cheese until melted. Season with salt and pepper.

  4. Drain penne. Place penne and leeks into the prepared baking dish. Pour cheese sauce over top.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until lightly browned, about 10 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

721 Calories
43g Fat
63g Carbs
24g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 721
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 43g 55%
Saturated Fat 27g 133%
Cholesterol 142mg 47%
Sodium 225mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 63g 23%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 24g
Vitamin C 15mg 77%
Calcium 517mg 40%
Iron 4mg 24%
Potassium 414mg 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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