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baked italian penne

Recipe by
Ellen Gwaltney Bales
Indianapolis, IN

I found this recipe on the back of a penne rigate box. Sometimes those are the very best recipes. Photo: 08-19-15

yield 6 serving(s)
prep time 20 Min
cook time 15 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For baked italian penne

  • 8 oz
    penne rigate
  • 1 lb
    ground italian sausage, mild
  • 2 c
    onion, diced
  • 2 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1/4 tsp
    ground black pepper
  • 1-1/2 tsp
    italian seasoning
  • 2 can
    (14.5 oz.ea.) crushed tomatoes
  • 3 c
    fresh spinach, roughly chopped
  • 8 oz
    mozzarella cheese, cubed
  • 1 c
    grated parmesan cheese, divided

How To Make baked italian penne

  • 1
    Boil salted water in a large pot. Add penne pasta and cook until al dente, 11-13 minutes; drain.
  • 2
    While pasta is cooking, heat large skillet over medium -high heat. Add sausage, onion and garlic. Saute sausage, while breaking it up with back of spoon, until cooked through, about 10 minutes.
  • 3
    Add salt and pepper, Italian seasoning and tomatoes to the skillet. Simmer, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes.
  • 4
    Combine sausage mixture with pasta, spinach, mozzarella cheese and 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese.
  • 5
    Pour into a 9x13" glass baking dish. Sprinkle remaining 2/3 cup Parmesan cheese on top.
  • 6
    Bake in a preheated 425º oven for 15 minutes or until cheese is melted and sauce is bubbling. Refrigerate any leftovers.