This Italian Baked Pasta is a Cheese Lover’s Delight!

This easy baked pasta is delish!

Baked Pasta is a great go-to recipe for week-night meals or for casual entertaining.  Be sure to also check out our Easy Alfredo Sauce recipe at the end of this post too!

Italian Penne Pasta Bake in Induvidual Casserole


I love baked pasta ….and this one is super easy!  Italian Penne Baked Pasta is baked in a 9 X 13 casserole and can be served in individual casserole dishes for easy entertaining.  Pair it with my Easy Cheesy Bread and a salad and you have a meal!

Italian Penne Pasta Bake
Recipe type: Pasta
Serves: 8
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 3 cups (measure dry) whole wheat penne pasta or whole grain pasta, cooked and drained
  • 24 ounce jar spaghetti sauce
  • ⅓ cup shredded Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1½ cups Shredded Mozzarella cheese
  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Brown meat in large skillet, drain.
  3. Add cooked and drained pasta, the spaghetti sauce and ½ of the Parmesan cheese to the meat in the skillet. Mix well.
  4. Spoon into a greased 9 X 13 casserole dish. Top with the rest of the Parmesan cheese and the 1½ cups of Mozzarella cheese.
  5. Bake 20 minutes or until heated through.
  6. Note: For easy entertaining, spoon the baked penne pasta into individual casserole dishes and serve with my Easy Cheesy Bread and a salad.

Ingredients for Italian Penne Pasta Bake

Brown the ground beef in a large skillet and drain.

Brown Ground Beef

Cook the pasta in a big pot of boiling water for about 10 minutes.

Boil Pasta


Add the drained pasta, the spaghetti sauce (we used Prego Pasta Sauce) and 1/2 of the Parmesan cheese to the cooked beef in the skillet.  Mix well.

Mix Pasta Ingredients in Skillet

Spoon into a 9 X 13 inch casserole dish and top with the remaining Parmesan cheese and the 1 1/2 cups of  Mozzarella cheese.

Ready for the oven…..

Italian Penne Pasts Bake Ready for the Oven

Bake for 20 minutes at 375 degrees.  

Hot out of the oven….delish!

Italian Penne Pasta Baked in Casserole

This is full of cheesy…gooey goodness your family will love!

Italian Penne Pasta Bake Close Up


Remember…you can fancy this up by spooning it into individual casserole dishes for company fare!

Italian Penne Pasta in Individual Casserole with Lid

Be sure to try our Easy Alfredo Sauce Recipe too!

Let’s “Make Life Special” by sharing great food with our family and friends!  Enjoy!! 


  1. This Make Life Special recipe was featured in My Springfield Mommy :


  1. […] Hot bread….right out of the oven just seems to draw everyone into the kitchen!  Here is a quick and easy bread that will be a welcomed addition to any meal.  It is especially good with my Italian Penne Pasta Bake. […]

  2. […] can make a simple pasta dish — like my Italian Penne Pasta Bake and then serve it up in individual casserole dishes.  This is an easy and impressive way to serve […]

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