Cheese/pasta bake - help me brainstorm a few specifics?

I recommended a saute method instead of baking, so I was thinking of that.

You’re right, you couldn’t taste as you go if you were going to layer things and bake it.

I don’t think you will get the overall texture I think you’re really after if you use the layer/baking method. You’ll end up with cheese lasagne. And I think you want mixy cheesy.