Frequently Asked Questions: Oven Ready Pasta FAQs

Adding frozen ingredients will require additional bake time. We recommend using a microwave to thaw frozen pre-cooked ingredients and then adding them directly to the casserole. Still have a question? Contact us!
Yes, and then slowly re-warm it in the oven or microwave. Still have a question? Contact us!
Yes, this pasta can be boiled if needed. The cook time is 5 - 7 minutes for penne.
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We do not recommend using this product in a microwave because the pasta may cook unevenly. Still have a question? Contact us!
We do not recommend using this product in a slow cooker because the pasta may become too soft. Still have a question? Contact us!
We don't recommend using convection ovens because they may cause some of the pasta on the surface to dry out. Using a conventional oven will help the pasta to cook more evenly. Still have a question? Contact us!
Yes. Add 3 cups of sauce for every 12 ounces of pasta plus 1 ½ to 1 ¾ cups of hot tap water. Still have a question? Contact us!
Yes, you can use this pasta in soups. It may retain a firm texture longer than regular pasta. Still have a question? Contact us!
If you have some topping leftover, you can stir and then add more. If not, simply continue baking and check for doneness. If the pasta in the center appears too firm, allow it to continue cooking until it is tender. You may need to cover to avoid over-browning of the dish. Still have a question? Contact us!
For 12 ounces of pasta, stir in 1 ½ to 1 ¾ cups hot tap water and 3 cups of your desired sauce. Bake at 400°F for 15 minutes, stir the casserole, and then bake for an additional 15 minutes or until done (for a total cook time of 30 minutes).
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This pasta was developed with a special recipe that allows the pasta to slowly absorb water during the baking process.
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For optimal results we recommend leaving the casserole uncovered while it bakes. If you prefer to cover it, it may cook a little faster so you should check the pasta in the middle of the casserole for doneness after it has baked for about 20 minutes. Still have a question? Contact us!
You may discover some of the pasta in the center is slightly firmer. Check pasta for doneness from the center of the casserole. Still have a question? Contact us!
Casserole dishes that are wide and about 2 inches deep will allow the pasta to quickly cook as it bakes. Using a deep and narrow casserole will increase the amount of baking time. Still have a question? Contact us!
he melting quality and moisture content of pasteurized prepared cheese makes it an ideal cheese to use in macaroni and cheese recipes. Other cheeses such as Monterey Jack, Swiss, cheddar and mozzarella also work well. Low-moisture cheeses such as Parmesan can be added to enhance the flavor profile but may result in a less creamy casserole. Still have a question? Contact us!
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Stirring after the first 15 minutes in the oven helps the pasta to cook more evenly. Still have a question? Contact us!
Hot tap water helps accelerate the cooking process and will allow the pasta to cook in about 30 minutes. Still have a question? Contact us!
The added water helps the pasta to cook and it will be absorbed by the pasta as it bakes. Your casserole may appear slightly watery when you remove it from the oven but it will set after approximately 10 minutes. Still have a question? Contact us!