Paccheri al Forno

Paccheri al Forno is a classic Italian pasta bake from Southern Italy. It's a delicious and easy weeknight meal. Made with just a few simple ingredients, it's hearty and ready in under an hour!

What you Need

Prepare paste


Cook the pasta according to the package instructions, to al dente. Drain.

Prep cheese mixture


In a bowl, add the mozzarella cubes, ricotta, and parsley and mix well.

Make sauce


Heat pan, add extra virgin olive oil, add the onions, garlic, red pepper flakes and cook.

Add tomatoes


Pour the San Marzano tomatoes. Add salt and black pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until bubbly.

Mash the tomatoes


Mash the tomatoes to turn them into a sauce. Remove from the heat and partially cover with a lid.

Stuff pasta


When the pasta is cool enough to be touched, stuff the Paccheri with half of the cheese mixture.

Add sauce


Add all of the tomato sauce over the pasta followed by the remaining mozzarella mixture. Sprinkle grated cheese on top.



Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and let it rest for 5 minutes before serving.

- San Marzano tomatoes are the best for this dish, but any good-quality sauce tomatoes will do. - Paccheri al Forno wouldn't be complete without a generous sprinkling of mozzarella cheese.

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