Recipe Review

The Pasta Queen’s Recipe for Italian Pasta Bake Is the Only Version You’ll Want to Make from Here on Out

published Oct 6, 2022
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Whenever I come across a recipe by Nadia Caterina Munno, aka The Pasta Queen, I drop everything and start taking notes. Between her hilarious videos and next-level Italian cooking, Nadia makes trying new recipes fun and exciting. And after trying her Pesto of Your Dreams recipe earlier this year, I was hooked and ready to follow Nadia’s orders until the end of time.

This week, Nadia took to her TikTok page to show us how to properly make an Italian pasta bake using mushrooms and ricotta cheese with no store-bought sauce. Once I saw how it turned out, I knew I had to save this recipe to try for myself. 

Start off by chopping up some mushrooms and cooking with garlic, olive oil, and a sprinkle of parsley. Add your ricotta and provolone cheeses, as well as a generous pinch of salt. Mix well until combined before filling the already-cooked pasta shells with your freshly made sauce. Lay the stuffed shells down in a baking tray, open-side facing up, then cover the shells with a creamy vegetable sauce and sprinkle Parmesan cheese over everything. Bake in the oven at 380°F for 25 minutes before patting yourself on the back for making the Queen proud with a job well done.

There’s something about Nadia’s dedication to authentic Italian cuisine that translates through her videos in a beautiful way. If you’re at all like me, one recipe is inspiration enough to do a deep dive into her work. So if you’re interested in more from the Pasta Queen herself, then look no further, as her highly anticipated cookbook is available for preorder now. In the meantime, though, be sure to try out her recipe for spaghetti carbonara, which is sure to please your palate.