March 4, 2013

Baked Penne with Italian Herb and Cheese Cooking Creme

This is a super fast and easy dish thanks to my homemade spaghetti sauce.  I always have some on hand, in the freezer, for quick meals like this.  Since my sauce already has the meat and vegetables in it, all I had to do was add the cooking creme, cheese and pasta and bake.  

Perfect for a weeknight or a lazy night!  It turned out great.
Baked Penne
adapted from: Plain Chicken
(Printable Recipe) or (Printable with Picture)

2 1/2 c. homemade spaghetti sauce
1/2 lb. ground beef or Italian sausage
1/2 c. chopped onions
1/2 c. chopped green peppers
1 (24 oz.) jar spaghetti sauce

1 (10 oz.) tub Italian Cheese & Herb Cooking Creme
1 1/2 c. Mozzarella cheese, grated
3 c. penne pasta (measure before it is cooked), cooked

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  If using my homemade spaghetti sauce, skip the next sentence.  Brown meat with vegetables in large nonstick skillet; drain grease.  Stir in spaghetti sauce, 3/4 of the carton cooking creme and 3/4 cup Mozzarella cheese.  Add the cooked pasta; mix lightly.  Spoon into a 2-quart casserole dish.  Top with remaining cooking creme and Mozzarella cheese.  Cover.  Bake 20 minutes or until heated through, uncover for the last 5 minutes of baking.  Serves: 4-5  

Jenn's Notes: I used my homemade spaghetti sauce and I also added some fresh chopped spinach since I had some hanging out in the fridge.  


  1. Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog! Your recipes look amazing and I am going to have try out this spaghetti sauce recipe!

  2. This is my kinda dish! Great recipe.

  3. This sounds so delicious! I can't wait to try it.
    You have so many great recipes here? Any interest in doing a guest spot on my What to Cook Wednesday feature?

  4. So...this looks amazing!!

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  5. Looks delish! Baked pasta...yum!

  6. Oh yum! I would be addicted to this, for sure!

  7. Pasta dishes with red sauce are the favorite at my house, can't wait to try this quick & easy deliciously tasty looking recipe!! :) Thanks!

    1. Let me know what everyone thinks if you end up making it!

  8. MMMM! This looks SO good! Visiting from Lil' Lunas.

  9. This loks incredible! I would love for you to join the Pinworthy Projects link party!

  10. This looks so tasty! I am going to have to try it!

    1. Super easy too! Let me know if you try it.


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