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Baked Penne is a classic Italian-American dish with penne pasta baked in spaghetti sauce, cream cheese and Mozzarella cheese. Life-in-the-Lofthouse.com
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Baked Penne

Course Main Course, Pasta
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6
Author Holly

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound lean ground beef (season lightly with salt and pepper)
  • 1/4 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 1 (24 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce
  • 1 (10 ounce) container of Philadelphia Italian Herb & Cheese Cooking Creme, divided
  • ** If you can’t find the cooking creme you can substitute it by using 4 ounces softened cream cheese mixed with 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning**
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 3 cups cooked Penne pasta

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large non-stick skillet, over medium-high heat, cook and crumble ground beef, onion and garlic together until beef is no longer pink. Drain any grease. Stir in spaghetti sauce, 3/4 of the cooking creme (OR cream cheese mixture) and 1/2 cup of Mozzarella cheese.
  • Cook and stir mixture until cheese is melted; about 5 minutes. Gently stir in the cooked penne pasta to combine.
    Carefully pour mixture into a greased 8×8-inch baking dish. Dot the rest of the cooking creme (or cream cheese) evenly over the pasta then sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup of mozzarella evenly all over the top.
  • Bake, uncovered, for 20 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. Enjoy! ♥

Notes

*My grocery store has not carried the Philadelphia cooking creme in a long time :( I love to substitute it with 4 ounces cream cheese mixed with 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning. It is delicious!