Cheesy Pasta in Foil

25 min.
Try our baked, cheesy pasta in foil, combining tender penne with a creamy sauce. Puck cooking cream and bright tomato purée cloak the pasta, while fresh basil adds a burst of flavor. Each forkful is loaded with gooey cheese, making it perfect for a cozy family meal or a savory side to your favorite main course. Baked in foil, this dish locks in moisture and flavor, ensuring every bite is delightfully satisfying.


4 portions


To bake


  • Sauce

  • To bake

Questions about cheesy pasta in foil

If you want to know more about this recipe, you are in the right place. We have answered the most common questions to help you make a cheesy dish with ease.
Can I prepare cheesy pasta in foil ahead of time?

Yes, you can prepare cheesy pasta ahead of time. Assemble the dish according to the recipe and store it covered in the fridge. Do not bake it! When ready to eat, bake it following the instructions in the recipe. This method allows the flavors to meld beautifully, resulting in a delicious, freshly baked meal that tastes as if it was just made.

How do I make the sauce thicker or thinner?

To make the sauce thicker, reduce the amount of cooking cream slightly or simmer the sauce longer until it reaches the desired consistency. Add a little more cream or a splash of pasta cooking water for a thinner sauce. Adjusting the consistency of the sauce helps tailor the dish to your preference.

Can I freeze cheesy pasta in foil?

Yes and no. Freezing cheesy pasta is possible, but it is generally not recommended if you are looking for the best texture and taste. The pasta can become softer, and the sauce may separate when reheated. If you choose to freeze it, do not bake the dish; only assemble the pasta and sauce. Ensure the pasta is slightly undercooked, cool it completely before freezing, cover it tightly, and freeze for up to 2 months. When ready to bake, thaw it in the fridge overnight and then bake it as directed, adding a few extra minutes to the baking time if needed.

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Tips: Get the best cheesy pasta

Use our tips below to achieve the desired taste and texture in your cheesy pasta dish.

Finish sauce and pasta at the same time

Ensure your pasta and sauce finish cooking simultaneously for a seamless combination. If your pasta is done first, drain it and mix with a little butter to prevent sticking. This way, the pasta remains smooth and ready to absorb the sauce fully.

Mix sauce and pasta well

Combine the cooked pasta with the sauce thoroughly before adding it to the baking dish. This ensures each piece of pasta is evenly coated with the flavorful sauce, delivering a consistent taste in every bite. A well-mixed pasta and sauce combination also helps the dish bake evenly.

Storing and reheating leftovers

For cheesy pasta that tastes fresh, store leftovers in a container with a tight seal to keep the flavors and moisture intact. Chill in the fridge and enjoy within 3 days. When reheating, warm the pasta slowly on the stove or in the microwave. Add a little milk or chicken broth to restore the sauce's velvety texture.

Discover our easy cheesy pasta in foil recipe

Indulge in the ultimate comfort food with our oven-baked cheesy pasta. With simple, flavorful ingredients, this dish has everything pasta enthusiasts love. From al dente pasta and tomato cream sauce to melted mozzarella cheese and fresh basil, you get authentic Italian flavours with a modern twist. The preparation method provides a hassle-free cooking experience, making it the perfect, easy-to-prepare meal for any occasion.

Coated in smooth tomato and cream sauce

The key to the sauce is the cooking cream, which creates a smooth and creamy base. It pairs wonderfully with the robust tomato purée that adds a tangy contrast to the sauce. The tomato and cream sauce gets a different layer of flavour from basil. The fresh basil offers a burst of freshness and adds a splash of color to the dish. The result is a luscious sauce that clings to every piece of pasta.

With gooey, melted cheese on top

Mozzarella cheese is celebrated for its excellent melt and stretch, wrapping the pasta in a layer of cheesy delight. Baked to golden perfection, the cheese forms a bubbly, slightly crispy topping that adds a satisfying contrast to the creamy sauce beneath.

What is special about this recipe is the oven-baking. Baking the pasta in foil creates a steaming effect that ensures moisture stays inside the packet. This makes the pasta deliciously tender and intensifies the flavours. Inside the foil packet, the cheese melts evenly, and the sauce remains rich and velvety while the pasta absorbs all the delicious flavors of the sauce. Each forkful offers a mouth-watering combination of al dente pasta and stretchy, melted cheese that will leave you wanting more.

Quick and simple comfort food

This oven-baked cheesy pasta is the perfect go-to comfort food and takes almost no time to make. It is ideal for those busy nights when you crave a home-cooked meal without the fuss. Serve it hot from the oven and enjoy the satisfying stretch of melted cheese and tomato cream sauce that clings to every penne. Serve it for family dinners or a relaxing evening at home either on its own or paired with a few side dishes, for example, a fresh green salad, crusty bread, or irresistible, homemade garlic bread. This pasta bake's inviting aroma and mouth-watering taste will surely make it a go-to recipe!

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Make it your own

Transform your cheesy pasta bake into a personalised delight by experimenting with various pasta types such as rotini, fusilli, shells, or macaroni. Elevate the cheese flavor with a three-cheese blend by mixing 1 cup of shredded cheddar and ½ cup of grated Parmesan with the mozzarella. This creates a more complex flavor and enhances the cheesiness, so every cheese-lover will get what they are yearning for.

For a colorful and fresh variation, stir in 1 cup of fresh spinach leaves and ½ cup of halved cherry tomatoes before baking. The spinach adds a tender, leafy texture, while the tomatoes burst with juicy sweetness. If you prefer a smoky, earthy combination, include ½ cup of crispy, crumbled beef bacon and 1 cup of sliced mushrooms in the sauce. The beef bacon provides a crunchy, savoury bite, complemented by the mushrooms' meaty texture and deep, umami flavour.

For those who enjoy a zesty and spicy kick, incorporate 1 teaspoon of smoked or hot paprika and ¼ teaspoon of cayenne pepper into the sauce. This addition gives the dish a bold, fiery edge and a slightly smoky aroma. You can also try adding different types of meat, for instance, 1 cup of cooked, shredded chicken and ½ cup of chopped sun-dried tomatoes for a briny, tangy flavour.

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