Sep 22, 2011
Three Cheese Penne Pasta Bake
I think pasta is one of my favorite things to make - it is ridiculously easy, always tastes great and is one of those things that goes well with pretty much any combination of things you may have hiding in your fridge . . . meat, veggies, cheese, sauces. This pasta bake recipe has become our go-to meal when we have the most random things left and it always blends everything together perfectly - and tastes like that was exactly what the recipe called for. For this particular time, we used ground beef, zucchini, onions, spinach and we had some bacon that needed to be used up, so we threw that in too. We usually prefer Prego sauce, but decided to go out on a limb and try Giada De Laurentiis' Tomato Basil pasta sauce, since we had just seen a review that said it was the one of the best celebrity sauces - it was definitely incredibly tasty and added a little extra flavor. The recipe calls for just chicken and spinach, but we have experimented with just about every combination of vegetables and meat and it does not matter what you add to this - it will still be amazing!
* Recipe notes: I add more mozzarella cheese in the mixture (about 1 cup) and then make sure to top it with plenty of cheese (about 1 cup) before baking. I add extra spices like chili powder, red pepper flakes, and garlic to give it lots o' flavor! I add more sauce than what the recipe calls for too, I used the whole jar of sauce (23.5oz) - I just like things saucy! I use about 3 cups of pasta to make plenty of extra for leftovers. Add a little extra cream cheese if you want it creamier.
Posted by Sherry at 2:00 AM