Cheesy Penne Pasta Bake

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There’s a reason Cheesy Penne Pasta Bake is my go-to pasta dish – it always comes through in a pinch.  Short on time but need something easy to fill hungry bellies? Check!  Looking for a recipe you can make ahead and bake later?  Check!  Need an easy potluck dish?  Check!  Need an inexpensive meal for hosting a team dinner? Check!

Easy weeknight meal that's also easy on your wallet. Cheesy Penne Pasta Bake - A Reinvented Mom
Serve with a simple green salad and garlic bread for an easy weeknight meal.

CHEESY PENNE PASTA BAKE

INGREDIENTS:

8 oz. Penne pasta, cooked just under al dente (pasta will finish cooking in oven), drained
24 oz. jar garlic flavored spaghetti sauce
1 pound ground beef
1/2 medium onion, chopped
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
8 oz. mozzarella cheese, shredded

INSTRUCTIONS:

1.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2.  Add ground beef, chopped onion, salt and pepper to a large skillet, and cook until browned.  Drain grease.
3.  Add spaghetti sauce to drained ground beef and stir to combine.  Simmer on low heat for 10 minutes.
4.  Add cooked & drained Penne pasta to ground beef & sauce mixture; stir gently to combine.
5.  Place mixture in a 9×13 casserole dish and top with shredded mozzarella cheese.
6.  Bake for 20-30 minutes, until cheese is melted and lightly browned.

NOTES:

1.  I have also made this with ground turkey with good results.
2.  I usually spray the casserole dish with cooking spray for easy clean-up.
3.  If you are using regular spaghetti sauce, toss in a couple cloves of minced garlic.
4.  Recipe can easily be doubled for larger groups.
5.  Turn this into an easy 30 minute meal by using pre-cooked bulk ground beef.

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Perfect for busy weeknights or feeding a crowd.
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Recipe type: Main Dish Pasta
Serves: 8-10
Ingredients
  • 8 oz. Penne pasta, cooked just under al dente (pasta will finish cooking in oven), drained
  • 24 oz. jar garlic flavored spaghetti sauce
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • ½ medium onion, chopped
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper
  • 8 oz. mozzarella cheese, shredded
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Add ground beef, chopped onion, salt and pepper to a large skillet, and cook until browned. Drain grease.
  3. Add spaghetti sauce to drained ground beef and stir to combine. Simmer on low heat for 10 minutes.
  4. Add cooked & drained Penne pasta to ground beef & sauce mixture; stir gently to combine.
  5. Place mixture in a 9x13 casserole dish and top with shredded mozzarella cheese.
  6. Bake for 20-30 minutes, until cheese is melted and lightly browned.
  7. NOTES:
  8. I have also made this with ground turkey with good results.
  9. I usually spray the casserole dish with cooking spray for easy clean-up.
  10. If you are using regular spaghetti sauce, toss in a couple cloves of minced garlic.
  11. Recipe can easily be doubled for larger groups.
  12. Turn this into an easy 30 minute meal by using pre-cooked bulk ground beef.

Easy, family friendly weeknight meal. Cheesy Penne Pasta Bake - A Reinvented Mom.

 

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