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Baked Penne Recipe
  • READY IN 35 mins

Baked Penne

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"This version of the Italian-inspired classic dish combines ground beef, peppers, and sauteed onions, baked with penne and PHILADELPHIA Italian Cheese and Herb Cooking Creme, and topped with Mozzarella cheese."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    5 mins

    35 mins


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Brown meat with vegetables in large nonstick skillet. Stir in spaghetti sauce, 3/4 cup cooking creme and 1/2 cup mozzarella: cook and stir 2 to 3 min. or until mozzarella is melted. Add pasta; mix lightly.
  3. Spoon into 2-qt. casserole; top with remaining cooking creme and mozzarella. Cover.
  4. Bake 20 min. or until heated through, uncovering after 15 min.
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  • Kraft Kitchens Tips
  • Substitute: Substitute Italian sausage for the ground beef.
  • Substitute: Prepare using your favorite flavor of spaghetti sauce, such as mushroom or garden vegetable.
  • Serving Suggestion: Serve with a crisp mixed salad tossed with your favorite KRAFT Light Dressing.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Oct 06, 2011

This is a great recipe! I made some changes like I used 1 pound of beef, 1 whole green pepper, 1 whole onion, 1 clove of garlic, half a tub of the cooking creme, and 2 cups of mozzarella cheese. It turns out great I am going to use this recipe a lot Thanks!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Oct 31, 2011

This was an excellent recipe that allowed me to use the box of penne pasta that was sitting in my pantry, but I do feel it lacked a little in the flavor department. I would make it again but next time I will add more to the meat sauce before baking.

May 12, 2011

While cooking the ground beef, I seasoned it with ital. seasoning, oregano, garlic powder and pepper. I also added a can of petite diced tomatoes with green chiles. I used more mozz. cheese than the recipe called for (I like it cheesy). And this was delicious. Definitely adding it to the menu rotation.

Sep 13, 2011

I love creamy pasta. This was delicious! I am a vegetarian, so I used Morningstar Farms chopped meat. Fabulous!

Nov 05, 2012

This was a lot better than I thought it would be. Pretty much followed the recipe exactly, but used 1/3 less fat Italian Cheese & Herb cooking creme. I cook for my sister and she liked it, so that's what's most important to me.

Feb 07, 2012

Delicious! Subbed italian sausage for the ground beef & mixed all the cooking creme into the sauce, then topped with remaining mozzarella. Also, I baked it uncovered - there isn't really any need to cover if the pasta's freshly cooked and the sauce is already hot.

Jan 11, 2012

This was fab! I eliminated the beef and made this vegetarian. Also used parmesen with the mozzarella. Held very well in a chaffing dish for my buffet. A real keeper!

Apr 11, 2011

Very good, easy recipe. I used ground Italian sausage in place of ground beef, turned out great!


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  • Calories
  • 397 kcal
  • 20%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 38.8 g
  • 13%
  • Cholesterol
  • 64 mg
  • 21%
  • Fat
  • 17.3 g
  • 27%
  • Fiber
  • 4.4 g
  • 18%
  • Protein
  • 21.4 g
  • 43%
  • Sodium
  • 922 mg
  • 37%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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