Baked Penne Pasta

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Baked Penne Pasta
Baked Penne Pasta
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  • 14 ounces penne pasta
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 (14 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
  • 4 ounces grated mozzarella cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F (210°C).
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook penne at a boil until al dente, 8 to 10 minutes; drain.
  3. While the pasta boils, heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir onion in hot oil until softened, 4 to 5 minutes.
  4. Stir tomatoes, garlic, parsley, and basil with the onion; bring to a simmer and cook until tomatoes soften, about 8 minutes.
  5. Combine the drained pasta and the tomato mixture in a large bowl and stir; transfer to a baking dish. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese over the pasta mixture.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven until the cheese has melted and is beginning to brown, 20 to 25 minutes.
Mealthy tip:

This recipe doubles nicely so you have a second dish to freeze for later. Just thaw at room temperature for an hour before baking at 400°F (210°C) until heated through, about 30 minutes.


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September 07, 2017 at 1:14am

Bernardette Flatow says:

A great family dish- add chopped spinach leaves before you bake to give it some healthy greenery.

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September 06, 2017 at 12:58am

Steve Failows says:

a simple penne bake that turned out great - I opted for mozzarella instead of cheddar, like the recipe called for, since I already had it in the fridge and it was delicious.