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Do you ever struggle trying to decide what to cook for dinner? For some reason, this daily task can become quite the chore when I get stuck in a rut! So I’m always on the hunt for some fresh recipes and recently came across a hit. I typically don’t make new recipes when we’re having company over but I took a chance and it was a grand slam. I’ve since passed it on to my mom and friend as well as made a few more times since everyone loves it so much. Here’s the original Baked Ziti Recipe but after reading the reviews, I changed things up a bit as well as switched out the Ziti for Penne Rigate.
Family Friendly Baked Penne Rigate Recipe
- 1 Pound Penne Rigate Pasta
- 1 Small Onion, Diced
- 1 Pound Ground Beef
- 2 (26 Ounce) Jars Spaghetti Sauce
- 1 Cup Sour Cream
- Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
- Shredded Colby Jack Cheese
- Parmesan Cheese
- Mini Pepperonis
- Italian Seasoning
- Season Salt, Pepper, Garlic Salt, & Onion Salt (used when browning hamburger)
- Brown hamburger and onion in a large skillet. Season the meat with seasoning salt, pepper, garlic salt, and onion salt as you begin.
- Once meat is cooked, add spaghetti sauce and sour cream. Simmer for 15 minutes.
- As meat sauce is simmering, bring a large pot of water to boil. Add pasta and cook al dente, about 8 minutes. Drain but do not rinse.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Butter, grease, or spray with PAM a 9×13 baking dish. (Use the deepest one you have.)
- Spread half of the pasta on the bottom of pan. Top with a mixture of the shredded cheeses. Then add 1/2 of the meat sauce mixture over cheese layer. Finally, sprinkle a light layer of Parmesan Cheese over top.
- Final Layer: Evenly spread the remaining noodles in pan. Top with the rest of meat sauce mixture. Spread a layer of Mozzarella and Colby Jack Cheese over top.
- On the very top, sprinkle Parmesan Cheese, Italian Seasoning, Sausages, and Mini Pepperonis as desired.
- Bake for 30 minutes or till cheeses are melted and turning brown.
- Serve immediately.
Serving Size: Feeds a crowd! You can add up to 1 1/2 pounds pasta without changing anything else. I’d say this dish feeds about 10 to 12, maybe more. (We had 3 adults and 7 kiddos and only ate half the pan and everyone was stuffed!)
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