I call this a "no excuses meal". There are no excuses to not eat at home with this recipe. It takes longer for the oven to preheat than it does to make this dish. If you want to make this even easier - mix it up the night before and just pop it in the oven while it is preheating! You can't ask for an easier home cooked meal. The best part about this pasta dish - it tastes really good!
We had this for dinner on Monday night, and I had it again for lunch and dinner yesterday. It tasted just as good reheated. This is a very versatile recipe. Feel free to change up the sauce and meats; add some vegetables like peppers and mushrooms. We loved this, and it is perfect for a busy weeknight.
No Boil Baked Penne
The Family Dish
1 jar pasta sauce (26oz)
1 1/2 cups water
15 oz ricotta
2 cups shredded mozzarella, divided
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
1 lb sausage, cooked and crumbled
8 oz uncooked penne
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly grease 9x13 pan; set aside. Combine sauce, water, ricotta 1 cup of mozzarella, sausage, parmesan and penne. Pour into 9x13 pan and cover with foil. Bake for 55 minutes. Remove foil and top with remaining mozzarella cheese. Bake for 5 to 10 minutes, until bubbly.