Easy Weeknight Family Favorite: Baked Penne


My kids love pasta for dinner especially when it’s made with penne noodles. I thew this recipe together in no time, and they went crazy over it. It’s as simple and basic as can be, but it is a true family pleaser.

Baked Penne

Cook Time:

40 minutes

Prep Times:

15 minutes


4 servings


1 pound ziti
1 pound lean ground beef
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil (optional)
1 (26-ounce) jar pasta sauce (I like Paul Newman's Marinara)
1 (15-ounce) container ricotta
1 cup grated mozzarella


1. Cook the pasta according to the package instructions.

2. Heat oven to 400° F.

3. In a large pot, cook beef over medium-low heat until beef is browned, 5 to 8 minutes. Drain any remaining liquid. Add the garlic and basil (if using) and cook for 2 minutes. Add the pasta sauce and heat for 3 minutes. Remove from heat. Add the cooked pasta and toss to coat. Add the ricotta and toss again. Spread the mixture into a lightly greased 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Top with mozzarella and bake 20 minutes or until mozzarella melts.

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