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TikTok has blessed us with their easy one pan baked pasta recipes and this delicious mac and cheese pasta bake is no exception.
We often head to TikTok to get inspired for our next family dinners and especially love TikToker’s takes on one pan baked pasta like baked feta. My kids and I are huge fans of mac and cheese so couldn’t wait to try this delicious and creamy Mac and Cheese Baked Pasta.
We added chicken to ours so it also resembled a creamy chicken pasta bake recipe that you can keep on your daily weekly dinner menu rotation. What we love in addition to the ease in prepping this easy dinner is the ability to add any of our favorite leftover veggies or foods from the refrigerator! Trust me, you can toss pretty much any leftover ingredient you have to use up and this pasta casserole will STILL taste super delicious!
Who was the inspiration behind this viral TikTok Baked Mac and Cheese?
The idea for this easy mac and cheese recipe is from TikToker @TheHungerDiaries who delights her fans with many amazing one-pan pasta bakes. Make sure to check out her feed for more delicious ideas!
How do you make this creamy mac and cheese pasta bake?
Like most baked pastas, this dish utilizes a whole block of cheese (Velveeta in this case) for that cheddar flavor and pasta baked in one pan with a creamy combination of milk and cheese. You combine it with seasonings and in this case Srichacha, which you can omit if you want to keep this non-spicy.
Mix it all together after baking so the cheese and pasta get nice and gooey and melty. Then top off this pasta bake with shredded rotisserie chicken if you want added protein along with some big shavings of fresh parmesan cheese.
What can you add to one pan mac and cheese?
For this particular recipe, we added shredded chicken and parmesan cheese on top but you could add some healthy vegetables like a handful of broccoli or spinach which would pair well with the creamy pasta flavors. You could also add artichokes or mushrooms which would blend nicely with the cheesy sauce.
Any of your favorite vegetables would work like onions, bell peppers, carrots or zucchini. This dinner recipe is super versatile and pairs nicely with many other ingredients.
TikTok Mac and Cheese Ingredients:
8 oz cheddar cheese or Velveeta
1 lb bow tie pasta
6 cups whole milk
1/4 cup sriracha
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon ranch powder
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1-2 cups shredded chicken – optional
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TikTok Mac And Cheese Pasta Bake Recipe
- 8 oz Velveeta or cheddar cheese block
- 1 lb pasta
- 6 cups whole milk
- 1/4 cup Sriracha
- 1 Teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 Teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 Teaspoon Ranch powder
- 1/4 Teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 Teaspoon salt to taste
- 1/4 Teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1-2 Cups shredded chicken optional
- parmesan cheese optional
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Combine all the ingredients except chicken in a baking dish.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes, until pasta is ready.
- Add shredded chicken, toss and serve topped with shaved parmesan cheese, if you wish.
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