Yield
8 servings (serving size: about 1 1/2 cups)

The diced provolone creates lovely little pockets of melted cheese throughout the casserole as it bakes. Cook the pasta while the tomato mixture simmers.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 400°.

Step 2

Heat olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion, carrot, and celery; cook 10 minutes or until onion is tender, stirring frequently. Add garlic; cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add sun-dried tomatoes, thyme, crushed red pepper, and diced tomatoes; cook 25 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally.

Step 3

Combine 1 cup Romano, ricotta, parsley, and egg white in a bowl.

Step 4

Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain; return pasta to pan. Add ricotta mixture to pan, stirring to coat. Add tomato mixture and provolone, tossing just until combined (do not overstir). Spoon pasta mixture into a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup Romano. Bake at 400° for 25 minutes or until bubbly and top is browned.

Step 5

Wine note: Here's one of the best-kept secrets in food and wine pairing: Cheese often works better with white wine than red. As proof, try this delicious cheesy baked pasta casserole with a crisp white such as pinot grigio, and watch how the wine's zesty acidity cuts through the richness of the cheeses. A favorite: Bollini Pinot Grigio from Italy. The 2004 is $ -Karen MacNeil

Ratings & Reviews

meredithw's Review

mrsnobody
November 02, 2012
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Yackyj's Review

Yackyj
September 10, 2012
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Onecentinvegas's Review

Druthz
April 07, 2012
This is very good. Husband ate 3 helpings and asked me to pack the leftovers for his lunch. Followed the recipe and served it with a salad. It was an easy meatless recipe--perfect for Lent, which is when I made it. Definitely recommend.

laebrown's Review

meredithw
February 25, 2012
Really savory, cheesy, and delicious. Feels like I'm getting away with something. Makes a TON of food, so be ready to have some fantastic leftovers! I replaced the celery with asparagus (personal preference), and everything went swimmingly. :D

Druthz's Review

laebrown
December 05, 2011
My husband is a 'meat' fan, so I added some Turkey Italian Sausage, removed from the skin and cooked until brown, it was excellent!

mrsnobody's Review

ConniePhx
July 15, 2011
The only change I made was to add a few more herbs to the ricotta mixture and use sun dried tomatoes in oil (couldn't find them the other way). It was great, though.

JimMarltonNJ's Review

JimMarltonNJ
June 24, 2011
The provolone pushed this to the top. We skipped the celery as usual.

ConniePhx's Review

Onecentinvegas
October 19, 2009
Made this for our family of four adults, and thought it was excellent. Everyone really liked it. We made it with 28 oz of stewed tomatoes instead of 56 ounces of diced tomatoes -- because we didn't have exactly what the recipe called for. It didn't seem to hurt the recipe any!