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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 Recipe~ Simple & Feeds a crowd! Great potluck dish. Very delicous and definitely a crows pleaser. Simple to make.

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
  • Sausages
  • Italian Seasoning
  • Season Salt, Pepper, Garlic Salt, & Onion Salt (used when browning hamburger)

Family Friendly Baked Penne Recipe~ Simple & Feeds a crowd!

  1.   Brown hamburger and onion in a large skillet.  Season the meat with seasoning salt, pepper, garlic salt, and onion salt as you begin.
  2.   Once meat is cooked, add spaghetti sauce and sour cream.  Simmer for 15 minutes.
  3.   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.
  4.   Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  5.   Butter, grease, or spray with PAM a 9×13 baking dish.  (Use the deepest one you have.)
  6.   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.
  7.   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.
  8.   On the very top, sprinkle Parmesan Cheese, Italian Seasoning, Sausages, and Mini Pepperonis as desired.
  9.   Bake for 30 minutes or till cheeses are melted and turning brown.
  10.   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!)

Family Friendly Baked Penne Recipe~ Simple & Feeds a crowd! Great potluck dish. Very delicous and definitely a crows pleaser. Simple to make.

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AcuRite Digital Timer Review & Family Friendly Baked Penne Recipe~ Simple & Feeds a crowd!

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