Creamy Baked Penne

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

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

I was recently challenged by the folks who make Philadelphia Cooking Creme to swap out one of our usual dinner meals with one of their Fresh Family Favorite meals.  I have never tried Philly Cooking Creme, so I was definitely up to the challenge!

Philly posts new Fresh Family Favorite recipes each month.  This month they are featuring Creamy Chicken Florentine, Baked Penne, and Shrimp & Broccoli Fettuccine.  I decided on the Baked Penne since I had everything at the house for it. This dish couldn’t have been easier.  It was so simple that Chicken Legs said even he could make it.  (I might take him up on that next time.)  The verdict?  Two thumbs up!  The cooking creme added a ton of flavor and make the pasta wonderfully creamy.  I am already thinking of all the recipes that I could use this in.  I can’t believe that I waited so long to give the Philadelphia Cooking Creme a try!  If you are still on the hunt for Valentine’s Day dinner – give this a try!  You won’t regret it!

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

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

Yield: serves 4

Baked Penne

prep time: 10 MINScook time: 20 MINStotal time: 30 mins

ingredients:

  • 1/2 lb. extra-lean ground beef or Italian Sausage
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 1/2 cup green peppers (I left this out b/c I don’t like green peppers)
  • 1 jar(24 oz.) spaghetti sauce
  • 1 tub(10 oz.) Philadelphia Italian Cheese and Herb Cooking Creme, divided (I used reduced fat)
  • 1 cup Kraft Shredded Mozzarella Cheese, divided
  • 3 cups cooked penne pasta

instructions:

  1. Heat oven to 350°F.
  2. Brown meat with vegetables in large nonstick skillet. 
  3. Stir in spaghetti sauce, 3/4 cup cooking creme and 1/2 cup mozzarella; cook and stir 2 to 3 min. or until mozzarella is melted. 
  4. Add pasta; mix lightly. Spoon into 2-qt. casserole; top with remaining cooking creme and mozzarella. Cover. 
  5. Bake 20 min. or until heated through, uncovering after 15 min.

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Comments

  1. I made something similar to what you made on your blog with the cooking creme. I didn't use a recipe, just sort of tossed everything together. It was pretty tasty.

  2. I used the Sante Fe flavor and made chikecn enchiladas. They were GREAT! I use this quite a bit and love cooking with Kraft.

  3. Have yet to try the Creme but looking online, I would love to try Creamy Chicken & Pesto Cavatappi because I love Pesto and I noticed that there's a Creamy Pesto Creme.

  4. Being from the South, I put cream cheese in everything — especially Philly Cream Cheese, it's my fav and makes everything taste better!

    I am embarrassed to admit though, I have yet to try this fabulous new product. All of the recipes sound de lish and I don't know which one I want to try first!!! I'm thinking I'm going to start with the Chicken Florentine Casserole though.

    I am now a follower on Twitter and FB, and look forward to more Philly Cooking Creme recipes!

    jennifer.l.june@gmail.com

  5. I have subtituted the flavored philly in many recipes. One of my favorites is a stuffed mushroom with the italian herb flavored philly with buttered bread crumbs on top

  6. I have tried this. I had the garlic and herb. I sauteed some shrimp and vegetables and added the sauce near the end. A little white wine to thin it just a tad. It was yummy!

  7. I have tried several flavors and love them all but the garlic & herb is my favorite. I boil penne, brown a chicken breast, steam some broccoli and mix it all together with some cooking cream for a quick and easy chicken alfredo…

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