Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Baked Penne

This is my version of a baked ziti recipe I recently tried. The original recipe was a bit too bland for my tastes so I made some changes and the results were amazing! Have a go at it...

  • penne, 1 lb.
  • lean ground beef, 1 lb.
  • onion, finely chopped, 1 cup
  • spaghetti sauce (your favorite or homemade), 6 cups (48 oz)
  • provolone cheese, 6-8 slices
  • sour cream, 1 cup
  • mozzarella cheese, shredded, 2 cups
  • parmesan cheese, 1/4 cup
  • garlic cloves, minced, 3
  • crushed red pepper, 1 T (more or less to your tastes)
  1. Cook penne according to pasta directions, and drain. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large skillet, saute onion and garlic until slightly golden, add meat to skillet and brown over medium heat. Add spaghetti sauce and crushed red pepper, stir and simmer for about 15 minutes. (If you're using jar spaghetti sauce, I recommend adding some sugar to your meat mixture in the last few minutes of simmering.)
  3. Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish. Layer as follows; 1/2 of the penne, half of the meat/sauce mixture, provolone cheese, sour cream, remaining penne, remaining meat/sauce mixture, parmesan cheese, mozzarella cheese.
  4. Cover the dish and bake for 25 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly.
  5. Serve with a salad and some garlic bread! Enjoy!

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