Cheesy Baked Rotini

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I don’t often by jarred pasta sauces. I know they’re huge time-savers, and for awhile, when I was single and living with my sister Kendra, I did buy them on occasion. But then I got out of the habit–And I really don’t know why. It’s not like I make my own pasta sauces on a regular basis. But I received a free jar of Ragu from Influenster, and figured I’d give them another shot.

Ragu Marinara Sauce

I used it in making this Cheesy Baked Rotini.

Cheesy Baked Rotini

I’ve made this several times in the past, but unless you add meat to it, the base recipe is rather bland. I figured adding marinara would help there.

Cheesy Baked Rotini

Which it did. I also meant to add some diced cooked chicken to this, and completely forgot. Luckily the recipe only calls for a cup of tomato sauce, so I’ve got plenty left.

Cheesy Baked Rotini

And since this is the gauge I go by as to whether or not it’s decent, the bambino ate his entire helping. Without complaint. So there’s that.

Yield: 6

Cheesy Baked Rotini

Cheesy Baked Rotini
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes


  • 8 oz. whole-wheat rotini pasta
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 2 Tbsp. flour
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 Tbsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1 C skim milk
  • 8 oz. (1 C) Ragu Old World Marinara Sauce
  • 1 C shredded mozzarella
  • Cooking spray


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Cook the pasta in salted boiling water for 8 minutes. Drain and keep warm.

While the pasta is cooking, melt the butter in a small saucepan. Whisk in the flour, garlic powder, and onion powder, then slowly whisk in the milk. Continue whisking and cooking over medium-high heat, until the mixture is slightly thickened. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, beat the eggs together with the Italian seasoning. Add the cooked rotini, and mix well. Pour the pasta into an 8x8-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray.

Top the pasta with the Ragu, 1/2 C of mozzarella, the white sauce, and the remaining mozzarella. Bake for 30 minutes.

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DISCLOSURE: I received a free jar of Ragu Pasta Sauce from Influenster. No other compensation has been given. I was under no obligation to post about this product. All opinions are my own.