Tuesday, March 15, 2016 / 30 Comments

Savory and Divine Penne Pasta Bake


I've been in the mood for pasta. The weather keeps changing from rain to warm to cool so a hearty pasta dish seemed in order to feed the family for a few days. It's completely delicious and totally simple. If you don't eat too much of it you can fit in your swimsuit in a few months too, wink.


First you will need 1 1/2 pounds of hamburger meat and you need to cook it in a pan. Add 1 1/2 tsp.'s salt, 1 tsp. white pepper, 1 tsp. minced garlic, 1 tsp parsley, 1 tsp, smoked paprika and a dash of rosemary.

Cut up 1 small white onion, or whatever type of onion you have on hand, into bite size pieces and add it to the skillet.

Chop 1 green pepper into bite size pieces and add it to the skillet.

                                         Keep stirring until it's cooked all the way through.
Hint- I like to cook mine on medium and keep a lid on it. The meat stays juicier that way.

Once the meat mixture is cooked drain the excess grease into a bowl and set aside.

Boil 1 box of penne noodles according to package instructions.  Usually it takes 12-15 minutes.

                                                                     Drain and rinse.

Spread noodles in a large rectangular baking dish sprayed with Olive Oil (makes clean up much easier.)

Pour the meat mixture on top.

Add 1 can or jar of spaghetti sauce and sprinkle with 1 1/2 of shredded cheddar cheese.

                                                     Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

                                        There you have it simple, hearty and oh so delicious.

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  1. This looks so yummy I could pick it off the screen. I love pasta any old way. Never baked mine and think I'll give it a try.

  2. Hi Valerie, I came by to see your blog too. That looks like something so yummy, my daughters and their families would love it. Blessings to you, xoxo,Susie

  3. Very yummy Valerie! I make a very similar dish, but use Italian sausage. This girl loves her cheese. :) Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  4. This looks delicious and easy, Valerie...I want to try it! Thank you for sharing and for visiting my blog, too!

  5. this looks good..i make one almost like this...very quick to put together

  6. This is a great looking recipe. I love it will feed a hungry group. Thanks for sharing.

  7. That looks yummy...Thanks for stopping by my blog :) I look forward to following Cottage Making Mommy !!!

  8. Your penne pasta looks delicious.

    Thanks for sharing at SYC.

  9. Oh my goodness...the very first thing to come across is this delicious looking skillet pasta...my husband would love this!

  10. I love a skillet pasta and this looks amazing and delicious:)
    I hope you will share this with us At Thoughts Of Home On Thursday!

  11. Amazing!! Its looking so colorful & delicious and I am sure taste must be awesome.. I can not control my eagerness to grab the taste of this delicious recipe mMMaammiAAaa!!!!

  12. Yummy! We love any and all forms of pasta. Pinning. :)

    Happy TOHOT.

  13. I love pasta too, Valerie, and this looks yummy. There are so many wonderful pasta ideas out there and thank you for sharing yours with us.


  14. Although I don't eat meat, I think I could probably substitute it out with grated cottage cheese. The recipe looks so simple, I'll definitely give this a try once!

  15. Mmm...we so love pasta so I'll be making this. It looks so delicious. Now I'm hungry!

  16. Great tip to spay with olive oil so it doesn't stick to the pan - I hate cleaning up! This recipe looks great, too! :)

  17. I love simple recipes that don't require a lot of time or effort. I agree when the weather changes I like to keep it simple and hearty, this looks like it fits the bill!

  18. Oh boy! This looks like a great recipe for my next cheat day. Will sub vegan sausage for the meat though. 🍽

  19. This is such an easy and family friendly meal. I make this all of the time and freeze it as well.

  20. I've been trying to master Indian food so much, I haven't made Penne in a while. Thanks for the inspiration.

  21. The bake part at the end definitely gives the pasta a touch! Thanks for sharing.

  22. That sounds delicious right now and I love how you wrote it out and used the photos in easy step by step order! I will give your recipe a try!

  23. Penne pasta is a favorite in my home. We love having it with onions, garlic and peppers. I have to give this recipe a try.

  24. This looks so good,it made me hungry. Love the detailed breakthrough here, I will give it a shot .

  25. It looks delicious. I love good pasta sauce and I'm going to have to try this.

  26. I've been craving for pasta and this made me seriously want to make myself one. I will have to try this recipe out cause it looks delicious. Thanks for sharing!


  27. wow my favorite! I like it when my Dada prepares it and for him its so easy. Or many because he's Italian, and penne is a food staple for them.

  28. There is nothing like a good pasta dish to bring family together. Especially on a cold day where the aroma is enough to drive you crazy to eat it :-)

  29. Pasta and cheese - can't get better than that combination right there! This recipe looks like it makes tons for leftovers too!

  30. I'm a pasta lover at heart and this is definitely pulling at my heart strings lol! I'm gonna pin this to my recipe board on pinterest so I won't forget it :) Thanks for sharing!

    Alicia Nicole xo


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