Pasta al forno in Italian means ‘baked pasta’. As the name suggests, it is an Italian-style pasta bake. I love cooking pasta al forno – it can be prepared in advance and is perfect for large family gatherings. For this reason, it is a popular Italian dish to cook on special occasions or on Sundays, particularly in Southern Italy where my Italian roots are.The most traditional pasta al forno recipe would have to be the classic Ragù alla Bolognese (Bologna-style ragù), cheese and Besciamella (Bechamel sauce) combination however there are so many variations. Vegetable based pasta al forno recipes are also authentic and equally as impressive to guests and make a very hearty meal.
Technically Lasagne is classified as a type of pasta al forno. Lasagne is one of the most traditional Italian dishes and for this reason, it is worthy of more discussion and will be coming up as a blog all on it’s own.
Here are the basic principles to create the perfect pasta al forno.
Here are my Top 5 Pasta al forno recipes to get you started. I hope these recipes inspire you to create your own version of pasta al forno using seasonal produce. Whichever of these recipes you choose to cook, whether it by 1 or all 5 recipes, I guarantee that our pasta al forno recipe will be a fulfilling meal that the whole family will enjoy – buon appetito.
Top 5 Pasta al forno (pasta bake) recipes blog authored by Vanessa Bottaro.