Three Cheese Broccoli and Penne Bake

"This is another of my family's all time favorite dishes! This recipe calls for an 11 x 7-inch pan, which will feed 3 people easily, I strongly suggest to double up the ingredients and bake it in a 13 x 9-inch baking pan if you are feeding more than 4 people, everyone will want seconds! I have also added in ground turkey that I cook with the garlic before I saute the broccoli, you might have to bake it in a larger baking dish if you are adding in ground turkey. to the mixture also."
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  • Set oven to 400 degrees.
  • Grease an 11 x 7-inch baking dish.
  • In a medium skillet heat oil, then add in garlic; saute for 1 minute, then add in the broccoli florets; saute for a couple of minutes, then remove to a bowl.
  • Cook the penne in a large pot of boiling salted water until JUST firm tender; drain.
  • In a large bowl, mix together marinara sauce, 1 cup mozzeralla cheese, 3/4 cup ricotta, fresh basil and 3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese; mix well to combine.
  • Add in the cooked penne and the broccoli/garlic mixture; toss to combine, then season with salt and pepper.
  • Transfer the mixture to prepared baking dish.
  • Spoon and then spread with 1-1/4 cups ricotta cheese (you do not have to cover completely with ricotta).
  • Sprinkle with about 1 cup (or more) mozzeralla cheese, then sprinkle with about 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese over the mozza cheese.
  • Bake for about 20 minutes uncovered or until the cheese melts.
  • Let stand for about 5-8 minutes before serving.

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  1. crimsonfae
    This was really good! My husband had seconds though he usually refuses broccoli. Left out the ricotta and topped with feta instead and used more garlic than recipe calls for.
  2. pattikay in L.A.
    Tasty and simple to put together. My 10-year-old's review: "Oh, Mom, this is so good!" Thanks for posting!
  3. Redsie
    Wow Kit, you did it again! This is a tasty easy wonderful dish!! The broccoli was not mushy and had just enough crunch to make it perfect!! Thanks Kit! :)
  4. Collegegal Baker
    Fantastic recipe! I made a few slight changes: I used 100% whole wheat pasgt because I like to eat whole grains and I used cottage cheese instead of ricotta and I increased the baking time by 15 minutes too. This dish is so easy to prepare and so delicious!
  5. Debs Recipes
    Very good pasta dish! It tastes yummy and is nice 'n cheesy ~ A great comfort food! I steamed my broccoli in advance to make it tender and I topped the casserole with less ricotta and mozzarella than called for in steps #8-9. Thanks Kitten for a great family supper!



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