Baked Cheese Pasta Casserole

Here is my super simple Baked Cheese Pasta Casserole recipe aka Cheesy Noodle Bake which will warm you up and keep those family members happy. Lots of gooey cheesy with pasta noodles! Optional vegetables are easy to add in for some additional goodness 🙂 This is a homemade version of tomato based Mac N’ Cheese, that is healthier and tastier! Makes a super simple side dish!

Baked Cheese Pasta Casserole a on top served with salad on the bottom aka Baked Pasta Casserole aka Simple Cheesy Noodle Bake
Cheesy Noodle Bake


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2.5 – 3 cups Egg Noodle or Penne Pasta

1- 16 oz jar Pasta Sauce

1 T Italian Seasoning

1 cup grated Edam

1 cup grated Cheddar/Mozzarella Mix

½ cup grated Parmesan

1 cup Broccoli Florets or frozen Peas (optional)

Here are the products I used for this baked pasta casserole. I didn’t add any vegetables this time, but that is perfectly easy and works well. I really liked the texted of these no-yolk egg noodles and they were nice for a change. Penne noodles are my family’s other favorite, but any pasta noodle will work.

Baked Cheese Pasta Casserole - Pasta selected

This Red Wine and Herb pasta sauce is good because it doesn’t have a bitter taste and goes well with the cheeses.

Baked Cheese Pasta Casserole - Sauce
Baked Pasta Casserole - Spices
Baked Cheese Pasta Casserole - Cheese used

The cheeses are easy to substitute. If you don’t have edam, just add more mozzarella. Monterey Jack Cheese is another good substitute.

Baked Cheese Pasta Casserole - another cheese used
Baked Cheese Pasta Casserole - another cheese used


Pre-Cook Noodles in boiling water for 8-9 minutes

Drain pasta and combine in bowl with your favorite Pasta Sauce, Italian Seasoning and optional vegetables and half the Edam and Cheddar/Mozzarella cheeses. I like using the Classico pasta sauces, such as the Red Wine Pasta Sauce. For cheeses, I often take the easy route and use the pre-shredded cheeses where possible, depending what I have on hand.

Transfer to Baking Dish and cover with remaining cheeses and Parmesan. Spread the cheese evenly over surface. Feel free to add more if you are using a wider/longer pan with more surface area.

Baked Cheese Pasta Casserole aka Baked Pasta Casserole aka Cheesy Noodle Bake

Cover (lid or tin foil) and bake in oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes,

Then bake uncovered for an 10 extra minutes until cheese topping browns, as desired.

Baked Cheese Pasta Casserole aka Baked Pasta Casserole aka Simple Cheesy Noodle Bake
Cheesy Noodle Bake

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Simple Cheesy Noodle Bake

Here is this easy baked cheese pasta casserole on my plate with my salad as the main course 🙂

Baked Cheese Pasta Casserole

Serve as main or side dish!     


I hope you liked this recipe for simple Baked Cheese Pasta Casserole! You may want to combine it with my Creamy Caesar Salad or Cabbage and Carrot Coleslaw.

🙂 Bonnie