If you’re as busy of a mom and stepmom like myself, finding time during the week to cook a good meal is a feat in itself. Most days of the week, I am not even walking in the front door until after 6:30 p.m. It’s those evenings when I am already tired that I prepare one of my favorite recipes, penne casserole. I change it up often using different meats (i.e, leftover chicken, beef and sometimes sausage). It’s easy, delicious and I hope you add it to your repertoire. Enjoy!
Diane’s Penne Casserole
1 – 16 ounce box of penne pasta
1 -17 ounce jar of spaghetti sauce
1-17 ounce jar of water
1-1/2 cups of beef, chicken or sausage (your preference)
1 tablespoon of dried Italian seasoning
1/8th teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon of minced garlic or 1 teaspoon of dried garlic powder
1-regular sized bag of shredded mozzarella cheese
Cook meat and drain as necessary. In a 9×13 inch pan, add the uncooked penne pasta, spaghetti sauce, spices and one jar of water; mix gently and cover with aluminum foil. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 40 minutes.
Remove foil, add desired meat and stir. Add cheese to the top and place back in the oven until cheese is melted. Serve with garlic toast and a simple salad.
Peace and Blessings,