Creamy Pasta Bake with Cherry Tomatoes and Basil

By Leslie Blythe  , , , ,   , , ,

November 29, 2017

This Creamy Pasta Bake with Cherry Tomatoes and Basil is absolutely delicious. It's like a creamy caprese pasta and is ready to enjoy in just 30 minutes!

  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yields: 6 Servings


1Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add penne and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 11 minutes. Drain, reserving 1 cup of cooking water.

2Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat and cook onion until soft and translucent while penne is cooking, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook an additional 30 seconds. Stir in tomato sauce and tomato paste and cook until slightly reduced, about 5 minutes. Add cream and Parmesan cheese and season with salt, pepper, and sugar.

3Preheat oven to 400° F. Grease a baking dish.

4Add some pasta cooking water to sauce and stir in cooked penne. Remove from stove and stir in cherry tomatoes, 1/2 the mozzarella cheese, and basil. Pour penne mixture into the prepared baking dish and cover with remaining mozzarella cheese.

5Bake in the preheated oven until cheese is melted, about 20 minutes.


1 (16 ounce) pasta

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 onion, finely chopped

3 cloves garlic, minced

3 (6 ounce) cans tomato sauce

2 tablespoons tomato paste

¾ cup heavy whipping cream

½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 pinch white sugar

1 pound cherry tomatoes, halved

1¼ cups shredded mozzarella cheese

1 small bunch fresh basil, finely chopped


2 Reviews

Leslie Blythe

December 26, 2017

So glad you liked it.


December 26, 2017

We loved this one! Fun to make, and a crowd-pleaser, for sure. Delicious!

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