I picked this recipe as my 2 1/2 yo daughter loves penne but doesn't like lasagna so I thought, what the heck? She really liked this but didn't care for the cheese noodle blobs so had to pull it apart a little for her. I did make some adjustments to original recipe which is why only 4 stars. I use a full pound of penne, 3/4 lb beef and extra mozzarella (not sure exactly how much), same amount on all the rest of the ingredients. I also added chopped garlic (3 cloves) and onion (about 1/3 cup) to beef while browning, and added some italian seasoning when I added the sauce sauce as it was a very basic spaghetti sauce. Put down a thin layer of sauce on bottom of baking dish and tossed pasta with a little sauce before layering. I found it rather difficult to layer the cheese could not get it evenly spread. I did cover with aluminum foil as others suggested, although I had to tent it as pan was so full. I removed foil for last 15 minutes and broiled for last 4-5 for browning effect. I think next time (yes I will do this again) I will mix noodles, sauce and cheese all together and then pour into baking dish, topping with mozzarella. Oh and I'll boil the noodles about 1 or 2 less minutes (8-9 instead of 10) as they were a little overdone after baking. All in all a good recipe that will definitely get done at my house again.
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I picked this recipe as my 2 1/2 yo daughter loves penne but doesn't like lasagna so I...