Baked Penne

This recipe can easily be halved.

Serves: 12Hands-on: 15 minutesTotal: 1 hour 20 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 12


  • 1 lb. penne pasta
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 1⁄4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1⁄2 tsp. salt
  • 1⁄4 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 2 jars (28 oz.) basil-flavored spaghetti sauce
  • 4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided


  • Cook the penne as directed on the package, but undercook slightly.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large skillet, brown the ground beef, garlic, and onion, sprinkling with the Italian seasoning, salt and pepper as it cooks.
  • In a large bowl, combine the cooked meat mixture, penne, spaghetti sauce, and 3 cups of cheese. Transfer to a greased 9-by-13-inch baking dish, and sprinkle with the remaining cup of cheese. Bake 45 to 55 minutes, or until hot and bubbly in the center.