We’ve learned so many valuable lessons from Stanley Tucci. From how to make risotto cakes using leftover risotto, to how to make the perfect Negroni, the actor and avid cook has proven himself to be a master of the silver screen and slotted spoon.

Our latest obsession is the Stanley Tucci pasta casserole taking over TikTokdare we say it looks even better than Stanley’s favorite sandwich?

What’s in Stanley Tucci’s pasta casserole?

If you have some leftover pasta, a bit of pancetta (or bacon), and a jar of creamy sauce lingering in your fridge, then you have the building blocks you need to make this easy pasta casserole.

In Stanley Tucci’s TikTok, he started his casserole with a base of sauted onion, garlic, and pancetta. Once golden and crisp, he tossed this mixture with some leftover cooked farfalle, bechamel sauce (although he says any creamy sauce would work), and thawed frozen peas before popping it into the oven topped with butter pieces and plenty of Parmesan cheese.

Baked until bubbly, his simple pasta casserole is endlessly versatile (like many other pasta casseroles). No pancetta? Opt for bacon. Swap the farfalle with another short-cut pasta shape or skip the peas and add sauteed spinach, steamed broccoli or mushrooms.

This recipe is a classic example of using kitchen pantry staples to make something truly delicious.

How to Make Stanley Tucci’s Pasta Casserole

The recipe he shared on TikTok yields 4-6 servings.


5 ounces pancetta, diced1 small yellow onion, minced4-6 cloves of garlic, minced1 cup frozen peas, thawed and drained8-10 ounces leftover farfalle pasta, cooked al dente and drained1 cup leftover bechamel sauce (or a jar of creamy sauce)3 tablespoons butter, cut into small cubes1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated


Step 1: Saute pancetta and onions

Preheat oven to 350F.

In a large skillet over medium heat, combine the pancetta and onions and saute until the pancetta is crisp and the onions have softened. Add the garlic and cook for 30-60 seconds until fragrant, then remove the skillet from the heat.

Step 2: Combine in a casserole dish

Lightly grease a medium casserole dish with olive oil, then toss in the cooked pasta, peas, pancetta-onion mixture and bechamel sauce. Stir until the pasta is evenly coated in the sauce and the pancetta and peas are evenly distributed.

Step 3: Top with butter and cheese, then bake

Top the casserole with Parmesan cheese and scatter the butter pieces over the top. Bake for 15-20 minutes until the casserole is bubbling and golden on top. Remove, let stand for 5 minutes, and then serve hotpreferably at 10 a.m. like Stanley Tucci, beside a cappuccino. Enjoy!

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