Quick & Easy Zesty Italian Penne Pasta Bake

Recipe by Judy-Jude
READY IN: 1hr 15mins




  • Cook pasta to aldente stage, put in strainer, do not rinse and set aside to completely drain.
  • Heat large saute pan, add olive oil, onion, sweet red peppers, hot crushed red pepper flakes and garlic.
  • Saute on low until soft, not brown.
  • Place in a small bowl and set aside.
  • In same pan, brown sausage until cooked through.
  • If not using Jimmy Dean Sausage, remove any excess fat.
  • Return vegetable mixture back to pan and add tomato sauce, basil, salt and pepper to taste.
  • Bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer 10 minutes.
  • Grease 2 quart casserole, put 1/2 of the pasta, cover with 1/2 of the meat/sauce mixture, lay slices of 1/2 of the zucchini, sprinkle 1/2 of the cheese, repeat with a second layer of pasta, meat/sauce mixture, zucchini slices, ending with the remaining cheese.
  • Bake covered in 350 degree oven for 30 minutes, remove cover and bake until lightly brown, about 10 minutes.