This no-boil pasta bake is weeknight magic! It’s made with gluten-free pasta, ground beef, spinach, and requires zero boiling.

A baking dish filled with no-boil pasta bake.

No-Boil Pasta Bake

On those nights when you really don’t want to spend a ton of time in the kitchen but want a delicious homecooked meal, no-boil pasta is exactly what you need! All you need is to prep this easy dish and bake it in the oven, and you have a delicious casserole-style dish that everyone will love!

This recipe is gluten-free and can easily be made dairy-free and even nightshade-free.

The Ingredients for the No-Boil Pasta Bake

  • Gluten-free pasta. I personally love the Jovial rice pasta!
  • Ground beef. You can also use ground turkey or ground sausage.
  • Tomato sauce. You can sub nomato sauce for nightshade-free. Keep in mind that the color may vary.
  • Chicken broth. This adds much more flavor that just water.
  • Olive oil. 
  • Dried basil, dried oregano, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and black pepper. These are the main seasonings for the pasta bake!
  • Spinach.
  • Shredded cheese. You can substitute dairy-free cheese or omit for DF! It really doesn’t need the cheese.
  • Chopped parsley. This is to top the pasta bake.

How to make the No-Boil Pasta Bake

  • Combine. Stir the pasta, ground beef, tomato sauce, broth, basil, oregano, garlic, onion, salt and pepper together.
  • Bake. Cover the casserole dish and allow to bake for 40 minutes.
  • Add the spinach to the pasta. Stir until the spinach wilts.
  • Top with cheese if desired. Return to the oven for 4-5 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
  • Serve. Top with fresh parsley.

 

A spoon with a bite of pasta bake on it.

Can you make this recipe without the cheese?

You can for sure make this recipe without cheese! It doesn’t need the cheese, but of course, the cheese adds something extra.

If you’re dairy-free you can…

  • Omit the cheese
  • Use a vegan cheese
  • Stir in nutritional yeast to the pasta to give it a cheesy flavor

Can you make this pasta bake without the spinach?

Yes! You can also add vegetables like…

  • Broccoli
  • Chopped zucchini
  • Mushrooms
  • Artichoke hearts
  • etc.

Can you make this pasta bake without the beef?

Yes! You can also use…

  • Ground turkey
  • Ground sausage

How long does this pasta bake stay fresh in the fridge?

You can easily store this dish in the fridge for 2-3 days, even up to 4.

Can you use cassava pasta for this recipe?

You can, though it does stick a lot more than the regular pasta, so be sure to grease the dish very well.

A plate with pasta bake on it.

 

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No Boil Pasta Bake {Gluten-free}


  • Author: Michelle
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 45
  • Total Time: 55
  • Yield: 4 1x

Description

This no-boil pasta bake is weeknight magic! It’s made with gluten-free pasta, ground beef, spinach, and requires zero boiling.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 12 oz gluten-free pasta (sub cassava pasta for AIP, see notes)
  • 1 lb ground beef, cooked
  • 15 oz can tomato sauce (sub 2 cups nomato sauce for nightshade free)
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 2 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 cup shredded cheese (sub dairy-free cheese or omit for DF)
  • 1 tbsp chopped parsley

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F and grease a 9×13″ casserole dish with olive oil.
  2. Add the pasta, ground beef, tomato sauce, broth, basil, oregano, garlic, onion, salt and pepper to the casserole dish. Stir to combine, making sure that the pasta is mostly covered by the liquid.
  3. Cover the casserole dish and transfer to the oven. Allow to bake for 40 minutes.
  4. Remove the cover and carefully add the spinach to the pasta, stirring until the spinach wilts. Top with cheese if desired and return to the oven for 4-5 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
  5. Serve topped with fresh parsley.

Notes

All nutritional facts are estimates and will vary.

You can use cassava pasta, though it does stick a lot more than the regular pasta, so be sure to grease the dish very well.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 431
  • Fat: 14.1
  • Carbohydrates: 35.1
  • Fiber: 3.2
  • Protein: 44.4