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Easy Cheesy Baked Penne

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Servings: 6 people


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 onion medium; chopped
  • 3-4 clove garlic minced
  • 1 tomato sauce (15 oz can)
  • 1 tomato paste (6 oz can)
  • 1 diced tomatoes (28 oz can)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 tbsp dried parsley
  • 1 tbsp basil
  • 1/2 tbsp Sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp fennel seeds (optional)
  • 1 cup water (For sauce)
  • salt
  • 1 box penne pasta
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese shredded


  • Over medium heat, place olive oil in large sauce pan, and start to brown ground beef
  • Add onion. Stir until onions are translucent and ground beef is browned
  • Add garlic, tomato paste, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes and water. Stir until ingredients are mixed.
  • Add spices (garlic salt, oregano, pepper, red pepper flakes, parsley, basil, sugar, and fennel seeds). Stir until fragrant. Reduce heat to low, and simmer for 1 hour.
  • In a stock pot, add water and salt. Bring to a boil.
  • Add penne pasta to stock pot. Cook until 1 minute less than directions for "al dente". Drain pasta.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Remove sauce from heat. Place cooked pasta in sauce, mix, then pour the pasta and sauce mixture into a greased baking dish.
  • Spread mixture evenly in the baking dish. Sprinkle both cheeses (mozzarella and parmesan) over the top of the mixture.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, or until cheese is melted.