Creamy Baked Penne

Creamy Baked Penne – quick and easy weeknight meal. Penne pasta, Italian sausage, onion, bell pepper, spaghetti sauce, cream cheese, milk, Italian seasoning, and mozzarella cheese. SO good! Everyone cleaned their plate!!

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Easy Baked Penne with Cream Cheese

This Creamy Baked Penne is a weeknight staple at our house. It is effortless to make and tastes great. Penne pasta, sausage, cream cheese, Italian seasoning, spaghetti sauce, and mozzarella. The best part about this dish is that it is ready to eat in about 30 minutes! Whip up a salad and some garlic bread and dinner is done!

How to Make Creamy Baked Penne

This casserole is super simple to make. Start with cooking some penne pasta and mix together cream cheese, milk, and Italian seasoning. While the pasta is cooking, cook some sausage or ground beef with onion and bell pepper in a skillet. Add spaghetti sauce, part of the cream cheese mixture, and some mozzarella to the skillet. Add pasta; mix lightly. Spoon into 2-qt. casserole; top with remaining cooking creme and mozzarella. Bake until heated through.

  • The original recipe used a 10-oz tub of Philadelphia Italian Cheese and Herb Cooking Creme. 
  • The suggested substitute to Philadelphia Italian Cheese and Herb Cooking Creme by Philadelphia Brand is 1 tub of whipped cream cheese, 2 Tbsp milk, and 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning.
  • My favorite store-bought spaghetti sauces are Trader Joe’s Roasted Garlic Marinara (green label), Rao’s, and La Famiglia DelGrosso.
  • Can Creamy Baked Penne be made in advance? Yes! You can assemble the casserole ahead of time and refrigerate overnight. You will need to add a few minutes to the cooking time since the dish will be cold.
  • If you are feeding a crowd, feel free to double the recipe.
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What to Serve with Baked Pasta Casserole

As I said, this pasta is a favorite at our house. The flavor from the cream cheese makes all of the difference. We usually serve this pasta with some garlic bread and a salad. SO good! You can’t beat this easy meal that is just as delicious as any Italian restaurant! It is already back on the menu again this week! Give it a try ASAP! I promise you won’t be disappointed.

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Creamy Baked Penne

Yield: 4 people
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Creamy Baked Penne – quick and easy weeknight meal. Penne pasta, Italian sausage, onion, bell pepper, spaghetti sauce, cream cheese, milk, Italian seasoning, and mozzarella cheese. SO good! Everyone cleaned their plate!!

Ingredients:

  • ½ lb extra-lean ground beef or Italian Sausage
  • ½ cup chopped onions
  • ½ cup green peppers
  • 1 (24-oz) jar spaghetti sauce
  • 1 (8-oz) tub whipped cream cheese
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 cup Kraft Shredded Mozzarella Cheese divided
  • 3 cups cooked penne pasta

Instructions:

  • Heat oven to 350°F.
  • Stir together whipped cream cheese, milk, and Italian seasoning. Set aside.
  • Brown meat with vegetables in large nonstick skillet.
  • Stir in spaghetti sauce, 3/4 cup cream cheese mixture and 1/2 cup mozzarella; cook and stir 2 to 3 min. or until mozzarella is melted.
  • Add pasta; mix lightly. Spoon into 2-qt. casserole; top with remaining cooking creme and mozzarella.
  • Bake 20 min. or until heated through.

Notes:

The original recipe used a 10-oz tub of Philadelphia Italian Cheese and Herb Cooking Creme. 
The suggested substitute to Philadelphia Italian Cheese and Herb Cooking Creme by Philadelphia Brand is 1 tub of whipped cream cheese, 2 Tbsp milk, and 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning.
3 cups of cooked pasta is approximately 1½ cups uncooked penne pasta.
spaghetti sauce
My favorite store-bought spaghetti sauces are Trader Joe’s Roasted Garlic Marinara (green label), Rao’s, and La Famiglia DelGrosso.
Can Creamy Baked Penne be made in advance? Yes! You can assemble the casserole ahead of time and refrigerate overnight. You will need to add a few minutes to the cooking time since the dish will be cold.
If you are feeding a crowd, feel free to double the recipe.

Steph

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  1. Oh my – anything with cream cheese in is has to be good! I've not tried the cooking cream, but I will definitely be making the Baked Penne. Id also like to try the savory garlic scalloped potatoes and the chicken, broccoli & potato divan. Love your blok and just made the M&M Cakies and the Sausage Cheese Muffins last night!

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  2. Hello! I love your blog and all of the recipes :). The chicken dumpling casserole is my favorite so far — I've made it three times!

    I have tried the Savory Garlic Cooking Creme and made Chicken Florentine with it. Now that they have a Pesto version, I want to try that and make their stuffed shells.

    I've followed Philly on twitter and liked them on facebook! My email address is jenadelaney@gmail.com

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