Everyone loves a cheesy, pasta casserole! The air fryer gets your pasta bake cooked in a jiffy not only because the appliance is designed for that but also because it’s baked in a springform bundt pan. The pan allows for the heat to distribute throughout more of the pasta more thoroughly. You get crisp delicious cheese and warm comfort food baked in 15 min!

A close up shot of a cooked pasta bake casserole with basil laying next to it on the table

The Ingredients

All you need is your favourite fusilli pasta, mozzarella, and a few pantry seasonings. I used gluten-free brown rice pasta. On its own, I find that brown rice pasta is good once it’s freshly cooked but not great for leftovers. When mixed with all these delicious ingredients it becomes just as delicious reheated the next day.. that is if you have leftovers. I used traditional Italian mozzarella in brine. This has a lighter less salty taste but you should feel free to use grated mozzarella.

a photo of the ingredients for pasta bake casserole

  • garlic butter
  • brown rice fusilli pasta
  • kosher salt
  • fresh mozzarella in brine
  • mayo
  • nutmeg
  • Italian seasoning
  • warm marinara for serving
  • fresh basil for garnish

Cooking the Pasta

a photo of cooking pasta in water

Use the garlic butter to grease the bundt pan. Set aside. Cook your pasta in well-seasoned salt water according to the package directions. If you’re using gluten-free brown rice pasta, it really benefits from coming to a rolling boil before you put it in and then stirring it constantly making sure it doesn’t get clumpy. Drain and set aside.

Mixing Everything Together

mixed ingredients in a bowl before being added to the springform pan.

While the pasta cooks, begin shredding your mozzarella. Set aside one cup and put the rest of the cheese in a large mixing bowl. Stir in mayo, dijon, nutmeg, Italian seasoning. Stir in the freshly cooked and drained pasta. Add the garlic butter and mix everything together. Preheat the air fryer.

Baking the Pasta

Put the pasta mixture in the bundt pan and top with remaining cheese. Place in the air fryer and cook until the center feels firm, about 15 min. Meanwhile, warm up your favourite marinara sauce. Place in a small bowl.

image shows cheese added on top of the mixture for pasta bake casserole before going into the air fryer

When pasta is finished baking, place it on a baking rack to cool slightly before removing it from the springform pan. Remove it. Place it on a cutting board and serve with marinara in the middle of the bundt pasta bake, cut into slices, top with sauce, and enjoy!

pinterest card showing the ingredients for pasta bake. The bottom of the photo shows the finished product.

Air Fryer Pasta Bake

Eva Bee
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
cooling time 5 mins
Course Dinner, pasta, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Italian

Equipment

  • Air Fryer
  • 7" springform bundt pan

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tbsp garlic butter plus more for greasing, you can use regular butter
  • 200 g brown rice fusilli pasta or 2 cups
  • kosher salt
  • 300 g fresh mozzarella in brine grated
  • ¼ cup mayo
  • ½ tsp Italian seasoning
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg (optional)
  • ½ cup marinara
  • fresh basil for garnish (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Grease 7" springform bundt pan with garlic butter. Set aside.
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a rolling boil. Add brown rice pasta and cook according to package directions, about 7-10 min, stirring occasionally. Drain.
  • Meanwhile, set aside 1 cup of grated mozzarella and put the rest in a large mixing bowl. Stir in mayo, dijon, nutmeg, Italian seasoning in the large mixing bowl.
  • Stir in the freshly cooked and drained pasta. Add the garlic butter and mix everything together. Taste for seasoning and add salt to taste.
  • Preheat air fryer to 350F
  • Put mixture into prepared bundt pan and top with mozzarella that was previously set aside. Bake in the air fryer for 15 minutes or until the center is firm and the top is golden brown.
  • Remove from air fryer and allow to cool 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, warm up marinara sauce in a small saucepan, stirring occasionally, until warmed through. Place in a bowl that will fit in the center of the bundt. I used a 125ml glass mason jar.
  • Remove carefully from the bundt pan. Use a rubber spatula to loosen the edges first if you're finding that it's sticking to the sides. Place pasta bake on a cutting board and serve with marinara sauce in the middle. Cut out slices and pour marinara sauce over each slice.

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