Community Recipe
from [smashlee87]

Baked Penne Rigate

This is a dish I created that was inspired by a locally owned restaurant that I loved back home :) Baked pasta and cheese. Almost no prep and very little work. An easy dish for any type of cook :)

  • Yield: 5 servings
  • Prep time: 5 Minutes
  • Cook time: 45 Minutes


  • 1 jar(s) of your favorite Marinara Sauce
  • 1 jar(s) of your Favorite Alfredo Sauce
  • 1 can(s) tomato paste
  • 1 box(es) Penne Rigate Pasta
  • 4 cup(s) mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tablespoon(s) oregano
  • 2 tablespoon(s) basil
  • 1 teaspoon(s) salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon(s) black pepper


Fist a few side notes regarding the above ingredients,

Feel free to use mostacholi noodles instead of the Penne (I just like the texture of a penne noodle better)

You can also add some parmesan cheese to the top after you have browned the Mozzarella

and Finally you can also add garlic or garlic salt for more taste (my family just hates it UGH)

Ok so, Pre heat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and then follow directions below-

Step 1-Boil your noodles as specified by the package

Step 2- in a large bowl add your sauces and paste

Steps 3- add seasoning, here is the tricky part I don’t really measure it out I just go by taste. But if I had to guess it would be about 2 tablespoons of Basil, 1 table spoon oregano, half a tablespoon of pepper and a teaspoon of salt. Like I said though you just kind of have to taste it as you add the seasonings, to make sure it’s to your liking.

Step 4- Strain noodles then add them to the sauce, take special care to fully mix it all

Steps 5- in a large baking dish add your first layer covering the bottom

Step 6- add a layer of mozzarella cheese, about 1 to 1-1/2 cups

Step 7- add the last of your noodles/ sauce to your dish

Step 8- Top the dish off with the rest of your mozzarella

Step 9- bake for about 25 to 30 minutes depending on your oven (be sure to check at 20 to prevent burning of your cheese and also would be a good time to add your parm if you have chosen to do so.

Step 10- Remove from oven when the cheese has browned

Steps 11- ENJOY!

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