Baked Penne Pasta Casserole

"This recipe is so yummy with A LOT of shredded cheese on top. I'm the "add a dash of this or that" kind of cook, so the measurements on the spices are VERY approximate. You can also add more or less mushrooms to your liking. This is my favorite dish at the moment to make and eat!"
photo by Annacia photo by Annacia
photo by Annacia
photo by wicked cook 46 photo by wicked cook 46
photo by wicked cook 46 photo by wicked cook 46
Ready In:
1hr 15mins




  • Cook penne according to package directions until almost cooked. Preheat oven to 350*.
  • In a large skillet over medium heat, heat oil, then add onion, garlic and mushrooms; stir fry until onion is translucent. Remove to a plate.
  • Crumble beef in skillet; add basil, thyme, parsley, black pepper and oregano. Cook through; drain.
  • Add onion mixture and spaghetti sauce to beef; cook on low, stirring occasionally, for 10-15 minute Stir in penne.
  • Put mixture in a shallow dish (13x9x2)and cover with shredded cheese. Bake for 30-45 minute Let stand 5 minute before serving.

Questions & Replies

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  1. Denise A.
    I'm preparing this to take to a potluck for 10 people. Your recipe says 6 servings. Are they 6 large servings? I'm trying to decide if I should double the recipe. Thanks.


  1. kerllyanie
    Very good. I add 1 jar of beef gravy 3 tbsp Worcester shire sauce, 1/2 cup parmesan and instead of using jarred sauce use leftover spaghetti sauce. ..very good. Gives it a rich beefy taste.
    Thanks for posting jusme. This was very good. Good comfort food and you can't go wrong with baked penne. Added a bit more meat as that is a favorite in my house but otherwise made it exactly. TIP: Be careful to cover the dish with foil when cooking so that the cheese doesn't get hard or tough on top. Enjoy! ChefDLH
  3. myoungp
    Easy, foolproof recipe. I've made it with many variations (precooked sausage instead of beef, adding some veggies, extra garlic, changing the seasoning proportion etc.), and it come out yummy each time.
  4. Annacia
    Scrumptious. I used veggie crumbles for the beef and just followed the recipe for a very tasty meal. Easier than pie too! :D. Made for PAC, spring 2011.
  5. Tamara D.
    Going to try this tonight


  1. marylandman45
    Great recipe! I doubled the ingredients and used hot turkey sausage instead of groud beef and mini farfalle instead of penne. I also added red pepper flakes for a bit of a kick. There was enough for leftovers. Yummy - Dale



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