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Smashed Garlic Baked Pasta

Smashed Garlic Baked Pasta

 My husband and I agree on a lot of things. Garlic is not one of them. He’s ok with a little garlic in things; I can’t get enough of the stuff. When I was visiting Estonia, I went out of my way to eat at a restaurant that had garlic in everything. The food was incredible, and I still regret that I didn’t try the garlic ice cream.

So, when I make pasta dishes, I usually use a fair amount of garlic. In this Smashed Garlic Baked Pasta, though, I used a lot. And it was awesome! The garlic cooks down (just make sure that you really smash the garlic cloves), so it’s not overpowering. It’s just good, old-fashioned comfort food, and if you like garlic, this is definitely a must make!


Smashed Garlic Baked Pasta


  • 1 lb . ground beef
  • 1 ½ c . finely chopped onion
  • 1 c . peeled , chopped carrot
  • 1 c . chopped celery
  • 10 garlic cloves , smashed
  • 1 (15 oz.) can crushed tomatoes in puree
  • 1 (14.5 oz.) can diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 c . tomato paste (about 3 oz.)
  • 2 c . beef broth or stock
  • 1 T . dried basil
  • 1 tsp . granulated sugar
  • Pinch baking soda
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 lb . penne pasta , cooked
  • 1 ½ c . shredded Italian cheese blend
  • 1/2 c . grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease a deep 9x13-inch baking dish. Set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, brown ground beef.
  3. Drain ground beef, and return it to the pan.
  4. Add onion, carrot, and celery.
  5. Cook for 5 minutes, or until veggies are soft.
  6. Add garlic, and cook for 30 seconds, stirring constantly.
  7. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, broth, basil, sugar, baking soda, and salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Simmer, stirring as needed.
  9. In a large pot, cook pasta according to package directions.
  10. Drain pasta.
  11. Pour drained pasta into prepared baking dish.
  12. Top with tomato sauce.
  13. Sprinkle with Italian and Parmesan cheeses.
  14. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until hot and bubbly.

Smashed Garlic Baked Pasta

Smashed Garlic Baked Pasta

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  • Reply
    Thalia @ butter and brioche
    July 18, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    yum! this is just so perfect for the winter weather were having here in australia.. can never go past a good pasta. love it!

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      July 18, 2014 at 5:39 pm

      Thanks! It’s so funny to think of it being winter there when we’re in the middle of all of this hot summer weather here. I hope you enjoy the pasta! =)

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    Heather @ French Press
    January 6, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    YUMMO for sure

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    January 5, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    This looks very tasty to me. Thanks for sharing tonight at Marvelous Monday party – pinned to my MM board!

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    Becca from It's Yummi!
    January 4, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    Shut the front door! This looks AMAZING, Kate :)
    I found your recipe at the Show Stopper Saturday party.

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    January 4, 2014 at 8:06 am

    Yum!!! pinned!

    I would love it if you would share these on my weekly link party – Serenity Saturday at

    Natasha @ Serenity You

    • Reply
      January 4, 2014 at 3:51 pm

      Thanks!! =)

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    January 3, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    Stopping by with some love from the Link Party Palooza! These dish sounds incredible and comforting and we’d love to have you link it up with us at Eat. Create. Party! this week!

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      January 7, 2014 at 12:26 am

      Thanks so much!!

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    Sara @ Bitz & Giggles
    January 3, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    Kate, I too am a lover of garlic and this pasta looks oh so good! I’m definitely pinning and plan to try it soon!

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      January 7, 2014 at 12:26 am

      Well, then you and I would get along just fine! Thanks for pinning! Hope you enjoy!! =)

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    Happy Valley Chow
    January 3, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    That sounds soooo good right now! Making me hungry for dinner, thanks for sharing :)

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

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      January 7, 2014 at 12:26 am

      Thanks!! =)

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    Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats
    January 3, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    Garlic Ice Cream!?! What? Girl, your crazy! But, this pasta does look amazing. Luckily my husband is a garlic lover as well. Pinning this one and can’t wait to give it a try!

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      January 3, 2014 at 2:54 pm

      Thanks so much, Krista!! Yeah, it probably wouldn’t have been so good, but I wish I would have tried it to find out! That’s perfect then! It’s easier when you both love garlic =).

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