September 4, 2020

Baked Sweet Pasta Eggs Casserole

Baked Sweet Pasta Eggs Casserole is a childhood dish and a major family pleaser. Every bite is loaded with pasta and eggs with a little hint of sweetness within each bite. It’s so easy – no fancy equipment or tools are required and you can even use leftover plain pasta without the extra sauces or meat. One of our favorite pasta recipes and the perfect comfort food for breakfast, brunch or lunch.

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The Only Sweet Pasta Casserole You’ll Need!

This Sweet Pasta Eggs Casserole is a childhood dish! I know how much we all love childhood recipes and I’m here to share another one with you. Pasta Bake is very similar to Baked Millet Porridge because they are both slightly sweet, served for anytime of the day and both are baked in the oven for 1 hour.

Baked Sweet Pasta Casserole is not your regular pasta meal. When you think of pasta, your head goes straight to Italian cuisine – pasta, alfredo sauce or marinara sauce. The difference here is that this recipe does not come with any sauce and it’s not Italian. Sweet pasta is baked with eggs and seasoned with sugar and salt. We like to call it Ukrainian cuisine!  

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Sweet Pasta Bake Recipe:

This Baked Sweet Pasta Eggs Casserole was an instant hit with my kids the day they tried it for the very first time. You won’t believe how easy it is with a very short list of ingredients. All you need is unsalted butter, granulated sugar, eggs, salt and some cooked pasta. Everything is then baked in a baking dish and it doesn’t get any easier.

Baked Sweet Pasta Eggs Casserole is a childhood dish and a major family pleaser. Every bite is loaded with pasta and eggs with a little hint of sweetness within each bite. #pasta #bakedpasta #onepotmeal #pastacasserole #dessertpasta #breakfast #olgainthekitchen

How to Make Sweet Pasta Casserole:

  1. Preheat the oven to a 350°F and prepare an 8×8-inch oven-safe baking dish.
  2. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions.
  3. Drain pasta, then add unsalted butter, granulated sugar and salt to taste (if you added salt to water, skip this step). Push the butter into the pasta and give it a minute or two to soften. Stir pasta until all butter has melted. Transfer pasta into the prepared baking dish.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk eggs, pour the eggs over the pasta, gently stir and even out the top. Cover with lid or foil.
  5. Bake for 50 minutes, covered. Remove the lid or foil after 50 minutes and bake for additional 10 minutes
  6. Serve while still hot or refrigerate once cooled.

Baked Sweet Pasta Eggs Casserole is a childhood dish and a major family pleaser. Every bite is loaded with pasta and eggs with a little hint of sweetness within each bite. #pasta #bakedpasta #onepotmeal #pastacasserole #dessertpasta #breakfast #olgainthekitchen

How to Reheat Pasta:

There are several effective ways to reheat casserole pasta. The trick is to heat low and slow and just until warmed through.

  • On the Stove: Lightly butter a skillet over medium-low heat and warm the pasta slowly, covered with lid to keep the heat in. Remove from heat once warmed through.
  • In the Microwave: You can microwave a serving of pasta in a plate for 45-60 seconds, until warmed through.
  • In the Oven: Preheat the oven to a 350°F. Cover pasta casserole tightly with aluminum foil and heat for about 20 minutes, until heated through. The bottom of baking dish should be very hot.

When Should You Season Pasta?

The general rule when cooking pasta is to salt the water as it is coming to a boil before you add pasta. While the pasta is cooking, it absorbs the salt, making the dish taste better overall. For this pasta bake recipe, you can follow the same rule and add more salt to taste if needed once the pasta is cooked and drained.

I personally like to add salt once the pasta is actually cooked because I like to have a bit more control over my casserole when it comes to salt. You can either season the water with salt OR wait and season the pasta after you drain it and add butter.

In Baked Sweet Pasta Eggs Casserole recipe, the pasta in the casserole is almost fully covered in eggs and during the 60 minutes of baking, it gives plenty of time for flavors to blend and for pasta to absorb whatever flavors there are in the casserole.

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What Kind of Pasta is Best for Easy Pasta Bake?

Our favorite pasta for this recipe is the Barilla elbows, but you can use any brand of uncooked small-shaped pasta. Smaller shapes work better because the eggs distribute evenly throughout all the pasta. Large shapes, such as penne might have undercooked hidden eggs inside the shapes and you will need to bake longer. These are pasta varieties that work well in this recipe:

  • Elbows
  • Ditalini
  • Mini farfalle

Baked Sweet Pasta Eggs Casserole is a childhood dish and a major family pleaser. Every bite is loaded with pasta and eggs with a little hint of sweetness within each bite. #pasta #bakedpasta #onepotmeal #pastacasserole #dessertpasta #breakfast #olgainthekitchen

Here’s Why This is a Kids and Adult Favorite Pasta Bake:

  • Easy Pasta Dish – no fancy equipment or tools required. All you need is a saucepan, baking dish, wooden spoon, and bowl to whisk the eggs before adding to pasta.
  • No Room Temperature Ingredients Needed – you don’t have to plan ahead and can also use leftover pasta, without any sauces, spices or meat.
  • Breakfast-Perfect – because of all the eggs in this recipe, this pasta makes the perfect breakfast dish. If you prefer savory breakfast, omit the sugar and season with salt to taste.
  • Rich in Flavor and Lightly Sweetened – adding a bit of sugar and salt, balances out the flavors without being overly sweet.
  • Crunchy Top – this pasta eggs casserole has that golden, slightly crunchy and chewy top. Removing the lid 10 minutes earlier before the timer goes off, does the trick.
  • Browned Irresistible Bottom – this is my favorite part of this dish! The bottom and edges of the casserole are browned from baked eggs and sugar. Sweet and totally irresistible!

Baked Sweet Pasta Eggs Casserole is a childhood dish and a major family pleaser. Every bite is loaded with pasta and eggs with a little hint of sweetness within each bite. #pasta #bakedpasta #onepotmeal #pastacasserole #dessertpasta #breakfast #olgainthekitchen

How to Store Sweet Pasta Eggs Casserole:

Sweet pasta casserole is best to be stored in refrigerator once cooled. The ingredients in this dish (pasta, butter, eggs) are not to be stored at room temperature for prolonged time, to avoid the dish from going bad quickly. In general, pasta should always be stored in refrigerator once cooled.

Baked Sweet Pasta Eggs Casserole is a childhood dish and a major family pleaser. Every bite is loaded with pasta and eggs with a little hint of sweetness within each bite. #pasta #bakedpasta #onepotmeal #pastacasserole #dessertpasta #breakfast #olgainthekitchen

What to Serve With Sweet Pasta?

Our favorite way to serve sweet pasta casserole is by itself, cut into squares like brownies. Whether it’s breakfast time, brunch, lunch or dinner – this childhood dish does not have a serving time preference. You can also enjoy it with a cup of milk or tea on a side or top it with fresh berries of your choice.

Baked Sweet Pasta Eggs Casserole is a childhood dish and a major family pleaser. Every bite is loaded with pasta and eggs with a little hint of sweetness within each bite. #pasta #bakedpasta #onepotmeal #pastacasserole #dessertpasta #breakfast #olgainthekitchen

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We love dessert for breakfast in our house, especially when it has homemade farmer’s cheese as an ingredient in it.  

Baked Sweet Pasta Eggs Casserole is a childhood dish and a major family pleaser. Every bite is loaded with pasta and eggs with a little hint of sweetness within each bite. #pasta #bakedpasta #onepotmeal #pastacasserole #dessertpasta #breakfast #olgainthekitchen

Baked Sweet Pasta Eggs Casserole

5 from 5 votes
Servings: 4 people
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Baked Sweet Pasta Eggs Casserole is a childhood dish and a major family pleaser. Every bite is loaded with pasta and eggs with a little hint of sweetness within each bite. One of our favorite pasta recipes and the perfect comfort food for breakfast, brunch or lunch.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to a 350°F and prepare an 8×8-inch oven-safe baking dish.

  2. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions. (Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add uncooked pasta, stir for few seconds so the pasta does not stick and cook stirring occasionally, until 'al dente' (tender, yet firm to the bite), about 7 minutes for Barilla brand. Drain and transfer back into the pot).

  3. Drain pasta, then add unsalted butter, granulated sugar and salt to taste (if you added salt to water, skip this step). Push the butter into the pasta and give it a minute or two to soften. Stir pasta until all butter has melted. Transfer pasta into the prepared baking dish.

  4. In a medium bowl, whisk eggs, pour the eggs over the pasta, gently stir and even out the top. Cover with lid or foil.

  5. Bake for 50 minutes, covered. Remove the lid or foil after 50 minutes and bake for additional 10 minutes. Baked casserole will have a little volcano in the middle of it (don’t get spooked). Give it couple minutes and it will flatten back. The eggs puff up when baking, pushing up pasta to the top.

  6. Serve while still hot or refrigerate once cooled. 

Recipe Notes

  • *Salt (seasoning pasta): Salt the water as it is coming to a boil before you add pasta OR skip salt at this step and add salt to cooked, drained pasta when you add butter.
  • Pasta Shapes: Any small-shaped pasta works best. Favorite varieties include elbows, ditalini and mini farfalle.
  • Reheating on Stove: Lightly butter a skillet over medium-low heat and warm the pasta slowly, covered with lid to keep the heat in. Remove from heat once warmed through.
  • Reheating in Microwave: You can microwave a serving of pasta in a plate for 45-60 seconds, until warmed through.
  • Reheating in Oven: Preheat the oven to a 350°. Cover pasta casserole tightly with aluminum foil and heat for about 20 minutes, until heated through. The bottom of baking dish should be very hot.

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