Recipe for easy baked penne pasta that tastes like it was made from scratch.
Baked Penne Pasta
2 jars La Romanella 16 oz. pasta sauce (I used Tomato Basil)
1 ½ packages 16 oz, penne rigate pasta
1 lb. ground beef
½ cup onion, chopped
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 cup mushrooms, sliced
2 cups mozzarella cheese, grated
½ cup parmesan cheese, grated
Melt butter in a pan over medium-low heat. Add mushrooms and cook about 3-4 minutes until heated through. Drain mushrooms.
Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350. Prepare pasta per package directions and drain.
While pasta is cooking, brown ground beef and onions in olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat.
Drain ground beef.
In large bowl/pan combine cooked pasta, ground beef, mushrooms, pasta sauce and all but ½ cup of the mozzarella cheese. Mix well.
Place in a lightly greased casserole pan and cover with foil. Bake for 35 -40 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Remove foil and add the final ¼ cup of cheese and cook uncovered 5 additional minutes.
Place in a lightly greased casserole pan and cover with foil. Bake 45 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Serves 10-12.
Pin this for later when you need a simple pasta recipe for a crowd.
With garlic bread and some salad, this baked penne pasta came together quite easily. Saving time with a jar sauce really helps during those busy nights.
Great Post, Raquel!! Love!
Thank you for stopping by Sydney! The dinner was delicious and so easy!
I need to be one of your friends. Or, in lieu of that, I'll just be happy to take food. 🙂
Great post Raquel! The penne looks really delicious. I love serving Lasagna for special guests coming over... =) but it's been a bit harder to hold gatherings since being out in Cali =)
Yum! My favorite pasta dish to serve is a lemon angel hair pasta with parmesan and capers. So easy to make and so tasty. Would love to win the Disney family pack.
Mmmmm I love pasta! Looks great Raquel! I love making Crockpot Lasagne, I did it a few months ago and its a new fave!
I serve penne vodka (not as alcoholic as it sounds, LOL), and add in different types of veggies.
I love serving lasagna!
That's my favorite too!
Brandie (@ Home Cooking Memories)
Ohhh, looks great...and you can never go wrong with mushrooms! One of my absolute favorite things. Gonna have to go to Smart and Final and pick up some La Romanella so I can get entered in that contest.
Amy @ So There
Great post 🙂
My favorite is probably pasta with chicken, mushrooms and caramelized onions!
Great Blog! I like to make several pasta dishes. I can do a good spinach lasagna. For me, the unique trick is to NOT cook the pasta before layering it in with cheese and veggies. the pasta then cooks from the heat/steam released by the veggies during baking.
I also can make a pretty good angel hair pasta with just a cream sauce, clams and artichoke hearts.
Sphaghetti or Lasagna because it's super easy.
Raquel, this dinner looks amazing! My favorite is lasagna!! Thanks for the giveaway friend!
We love spaghetti!
I like serving spaghetti with meatballs it's the one dish that my whole family likes and it's easy to make
My favorite pasta dish is linguine and clams.
Lasagna Rollups are our favorite!
I LOVE baked penne! YUM!
That food looks fantastic!!
Alexis aka mom
That looks so yummy!! I love pasta and it's always a croud pleaser.
Good luck everyone I wish we lived closer to use the tickets!
My favorite pasta dish to serve is lasagna.
That looks soooo good. Now I am having trouble making up my mind what to make for dinner.
spaghetti, of course.
Macaroni & Cheese
crockpot mac n cheese or lasagna are our favorites!
My family enjoys homemade lasagna.
clams and linguine...it's actually kinda healthy!
my absolute favorite pasta dish to serve is chicken parmesan with spaghetti. It's always a big hit with everyone. I would love to win the Disney giveaway!
YUMMY. EVERYTHING LOOKS SO DELICIOUS. GOING TO TRY A FEW OUT THIS WEEKEND (:
We love baked Ziti!
I love picking up party supplies at Smart and Final!
Love serving regular pasta, but my favorite to make is spinach stuffed shells.
Spaghetti is always the best!
I make a linguini with lemon cream sauce that we all love.
My favorite is penne pasta with alfredo sauce.
You can't beat lasagna for big family meals!
I like to serve Spaghetti and meatballs
Baked Ziti is my fav!
Ravioli is my fav!
Pasta carbonara is my favorite dish to serve!
Thanks for sharing your recipe. Pastas are one of my favorites!!
I love to make baked spaghetti for family meals, yummy and easy to make a lot of!
My family could eat pasta every single night for dinner! Anything that involves pasta and cheese it's a winner! Yum!
I love making pizza casserole. It's always a huge hit.
Lasagna is our family favorite.
Lori @ Operation Dinnertime
That family meal loves so delicious! My mouth is already watering! I love serving up pasta for the family. Quick, easy and inexpensive. My personal favorite is baked spaghetti. Fettuccine alfredo with chicken and broccoli is a close second.
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I love serving pizza spaghetti- esp when we have a crowd. Thanks for hosting the giveaway!
Pretty boring, but my kids love spaghetti.
Great post! I love serving baked ziti for guests. Actually, I love anything with ricotta and mozzarella cheese.
Karyn - Pint Sized Baker
Baked pasta with lots of melted mozzarella cheese!!
Can you leave out mushrooms and meat, the onion?
Hi Elena, Yes you can.
What about using One jar of Ragu pasta sauce?
Yes, you can use your favorite brand of jarred pasta sauce. You would need two jars for this recipe.