Penne Pasta Casserole Recipe

Looking for an easy Penne Pasta Casserole recipe? Learn how to make Penne Pasta Casserole using healthy ingredients.


Submitted by liljuli

Makes 8 servings



Sausage and Penne pasta with lowfat cheese and whole wheat pasta.

Recipe Ingredients for Penne Pasta Casserole

26 oz spaghetti sauce
1 yellow onion
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
3 cloves garlic
16 oz whole wheat pasta
1/2 cup basil leaves
2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 lb italian sausage

Recipe Directions for Penne Pasta Casserole

  1. Get a pot of salted water going. Over low heat in a large skillet, add some olive oil, onion, garlic and a pinch of salt and sweat / simmer that until translucent (you can keep adding some water to prevent it from drying out). Remove to a plate. Add the ground beef and/or italian sausage (casing removed) and brown that. Drain it, return to pan with onion mixture. Add spaghetti sauce, and cook on low stirring occasionally for about 10-15 min. Add chopped basil (and any other herbs or veggies at this point). You may want to alter the flavor with salt, pepper and sugar depending on your spaghetti sauce.

  2. When water boils, add the penne and UNDERCOOK it. How much depends on you and your oven. I just know you don?t need to cook it all the way because it?s going in the oven. When done to your liking, drain pasta and rinse it in cold water, if you like. I know they say not to rinse it, but because it?s a casserole I feel the noodles benefit a bit from a dunk.

  3. Combine spaghetti sauce mixture and noodles together in the pot. In a shallow baking dish (flatter, shallower allows for more cheese browning area - if you like that.) Top with cheese, bake at 350F for about 30-45 minutes. You might want to cover lightly with aluminum foil until the last 10 minutes. You can also blast it in the broiler if you like the top extra crunchy.

Categories

Main Dish, Italian

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 251.9g
Amount Per Serving
Calories
771
Calories from Fat
233
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
25.9g
40%
Saturated Fat
9.6g
48%
Trans Fat
0.1g
Cholesterol
63mg
21%
Sodium
8398mg
350%
Potassium
1219mg
35%
Total Carbohydrates
104.5g
35%
Dietary Fiber
8.1g
32%
Sugars
2.8g
Protein
31.2g
Vitamin A 5% Vitamin C 6%
Calcium 40% Iron 29%
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Nutritional details are an estimate and should only be used as a guide for approximation.
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Health Information

Nutrition Grade
96% confidence
C+
  Good points
  • Low in sugar
  •   Bad points
  • Very high in sodium
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