This is a super fast and easy dish thanks to my homemade spaghetti sauce. I always have some on hand, in the freezer, for quick meals like this. Since my sauce already has the meat and vegetables in it, all I had to do was add the cooking creme, cheese and pasta and bake.
Perfect for a weeknight or a lazy night! It turned out great.Baked Penne
adapted from: Plain Chicken
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2 1/2 c. homemade spaghetti sauce
1/2 lb. ground beef or Italian sausage
1/2 c. chopped onions
1/2 c. chopped green peppers
1 (24 oz.) jar spaghetti sauce
1 (10 oz.) tub Italian Cheese & Herb Cooking Creme
1 1/2 c. Mozzarella cheese, grated
3 c. penne pasta (measure before it is cooked), cooked
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. If using my homemade spaghetti sauce, skip the next sentence. Brown meat with vegetables in large nonstick skillet; drain grease. Stir in spaghetti sauce, 3/4 of the carton cooking creme and 3/4 cup Mozzarella cheese. Add the cooked pasta; mix lightly. Spoon into a 2-quart casserole dish. Top with remaining cooking creme and Mozzarella cheese. Cover. Bake 20 minutes or until heated through, uncover for the last 5 minutes of baking. Serves: 4-5
Jenn's Notes: I used my homemade spaghetti sauce and I also added some fresh chopped spinach since I had some hanging out in the fridge.