I am a huge fan of a cheesy Italian dish! Who isn’t? This was my first attempt at baked penne, and it turned out better than I expected. Isn’t that always the best? Yes, you usually hear baked ziti, but I didn’t have ziti. Improvisation, how it makes cooking fun!
24 ounce jar of tomato sauce (I used Classico Tomato Sauce, but you can use any brand you prefer, it will still taste great)
16 ounces of penne pasta
1/2 cup of parmesan cheese
1 1/2 cup of mozzarella
1/4 tsp of salt
1/2 cup of cream
8×8 casserole dish
In a large pot boil 6 cups of water. Add a pinch of salt and a little drizzle of olive oil. Once the water reaches boiling, add the 16 ounces of uncooked pasta. At this point preheat the oven to 375F.
Cook the sauce to medium to high heat for about 7 minutes. Taste the sauce. If it needs more salt, add more. I added some red pepper flakes for an extra kick. If you have some Italian seasoning, add a couple pinches to the sauce. Whatever you’d like to add, add…
Repeat the same steps; pasta, sauce, parmesan, mozzarella. You should be able to make a total of three layers.
If you like spicy, add a couple shakes of Tabasco sauce, and fingers to lips, mmmmmwah!
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