Tasty Tuesday – Baked Penne

For the first dish of the new year, I decided to go with something easy and simple. This is flavorful with minimal work, and makes a lot of food for a large crowd.

First, cook pasta and drain it.

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Mix a cup of ricotta cheese with mozzarella, parsley, black pepper and oregano. In another bowl add minced garlic to a jar of pasta sauce. Mix in your cooked pasta.

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Lay half of the pasta in a baking dish.

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Cover with the cheese mixture.

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Add the rest of the pasta and cover with more cheese. I decided to go light on the cheese.

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Bake for half an hour. Voila, dinner is done.

  • 12-16 oz of whole wheat penne
  • 1 jar of pasta sauce (I recommend Ragu Traditional, but any kind you like)
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 cup of ricotta cheese
  • 1-1 1/2 cups of shredded mozzarella
  • 1-2 tsp dried parsley
  • 1-2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

Preheat oven to 375.

Cook pasta and drain.

Mix pasta sauce with garlic in a large bowl. Mix ricotta cheese with the majority of the mozzarella and spices in a smaller bowl.

Mix pasta into sauce and pour half into a 9X13 baking dish. Spread ricotta mixture. Top with rest of the pasta and rest of the mozzarella.

Bake for half an hour.

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