No Boil Baked Penne

No Boil Baked Penne Recipe – penne pasta, cheese and meat sauce baked in the oven – no need to precook the pasta – it bakes in the pan with everything else!

No Boil Baked Penne - penne pasta, cheese and meat sauce baked in the oven - no need to precook the pasta - it bakes in the pan with everything else!

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 - penne pasta, cheese and meat sauce baked in the oven - no need to precook the pasta - it bakes in the pan with everything else!
No Boil Baked Penne - penne pasta, cheese and meat sauce baked in the oven - no need to precook the pasta - it bakes in the pan with everything else!

Yield: serves 6 to 8

No-Boil Baked Penne

prep time: 5 MINScook time: 1 hourtotal time: 1 hours and 5 mins

ingredients:

  • 1 jar pasta sauce (26-oz)
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1 (15-oz) container ricotta
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella, divided
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 lb sausage, cooked and crumbled
  • 8-oz uncooked penne

instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF.  Lightly grease 9×13 pan; set aside.
  2. Combine sauce, water, ricotta 1 cup of mozzarella, sausage, parmesan and penne.  
  3. Pour into 9×13 pan and cover with foil. 
  4.  Bake for 55 minutes.  Remove foil and top with remaining mozzarella cheese.  Bake for 5 to 10 minutes, until bubbly.

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Comments

  1. I used your recipe as a "template", and made it with what I had on hand…it turned out fabulous, and the whole family loved it! Thank you!

  2. I made this tonight and it's wonderful. Very forgiving, too. I didn't have any mozzerella, so I used Mexican mix shredded cheeses. I also didn't see that it had sausage in it, but I didn't have any. I ended up breaking up some breakfast sausage patties into the mix and then put four hotdogs on top of the casserole. Then, I didn't have any penne, so I used rotini. No matter – it is DELICIOUS!!! Thank you!!!

  3. Stephanie, I just wanted to tell you how nice it was to meet you in person today, and NOW I have to say that I will definitely be trying this recipe out on my family! This looks delicious and EASY, which is a total prerequisite in my house. I think I've tried three of the recipes you've posted over the last six months or so, and they've all been wonderful. Thank you so much, and again, it was lovely to meet you at the Harbert Plaza!

  4. Perfect meal for busy night with kids and hubby going in all different directions! Made it tonight — kids and I liked it! Dennis at game so he will probably opt for DQ dip cone for his supper. 🙂 Katherine still waiting on Sherbert!

  5. When you said "no boil", I was imagining, "Gee Steph….why is this so crunchy?"

    But it looks and sounds great. I guess the sauce and ricotta give it enough liquid over the baking time. And it is so easy too. Thanks for sharing this one.

  6. Oh, yeah my kinda pasta dish. You know what will put me off pasta more than anything? Having to wash that huge pot.
    ~ingrid

  7. This is what we're having for dinner tonight — I'll let you know how it turns out. But I can say that if I can make it, anybody can make it.

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