This cheesy baked penne is a meal that is easy to get ready, on will be on the table in about an hour. My people need lots of food, so I make a big batch when I cook things like this!
Of course, homemade pasta sauce would be excellent in this dish, but I won't judge if you use prepared sauce (shhhh....did you see the jar of sauce in my picture?)
I actually throw the onion in a mini food processor to chop it down into really small pieces. I have one of those kids that "doesn't like onion" and can find the smallest bits in dishes.
Cheesy Baked Penne
Katy | Alphabet Soup
1 lb penne pasta
1 lb ground beef
1 small onion, chopped
24 oz marinara pasta sauce
3/4 cup sour cream
12 oz provolone cheese, grated
8 oz mozzarella cheese, grated
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Fresh Italian parsley, finely chopped (optional)
Preheat oven to 350'F.
Spray a 9" x 13" baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
Cook the pasta to al dente according to package instructions.
While the pasta is cooking, brown the ground beef and onion in a large skillet until the beef is no longer pink. Add the pasta sauce and simmer until the sauce is heated through. Drain the pasta and add to the meat and sauce mixture. Stir in the sour cream.
In the prepared baking dish, layer half the meat mixture, then half of the provolone and mozzarella cheeses. Top with the remaining meat mixture and then the remaining provolone and mozzarella. Finish with the Parmesan.
Bake for 30-35 minutes until hot and bubbly. Let rest 5 minutes before serving. Sprinkle with parsley if desired.
Makes 8 servings (or maybe 3 servings for a hungry teenager!)