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Ground Beef Penne Pasta Bake

This ground beef penne pasta recipe is pure comfort food, perfect for a busy weeknight dinner. Packed with a flavorful meat sauce and simple ingredients, it’s sure to be a hit with the whole family.

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Easy Ground Beef Penne Pasta is a delicious meal that's filling for the entire family, with plenty of leftovers.

Ground beef penne pasta bake is an easy meal to make for the entire family. It’ll fill everyone up, and you’ll have plenty left over. We had some for lunch the next day, too! 

The casserole recipe doesn’t require a lot of ingredients, and you can make the meat ahead of time and set it in the fridge to use when you’re ready.

It’s always nice to have food prepared for those days when you’ve driven kids all over and don’t want to spend too much time in the kitchen.

Ingredients for the Pasta Bake Recipe

Full printable recipe with measurements and instructions are listed at the bottom of the post in the recipe card.

Step-By-Step Instructions

Easy Ground Beef Penne Pasta is a delicious meal that's filling for the entire family, with plenty of leftovers.

Brown your meat in a large skillet. Drain the grease and set aside.

Easy Ground Beef Penne Pasta is a delicious meal that's filling for the entire family, with plenty of leftovers.

While you’re browning the meat, boil your penne pasta. Once you’ve cooked the pasta (about 11 minutes), drain and pour it into a large bowl. 

Next, add the meat to the bowl of penne pasta.

Add the spaghetti sauce and Alfredo sauce to the bowl and mix everything together.

Grab the recipe HERE for Easy Homemade Alfredo Sauce with Cream Cheese.

Easy Ground Beef Penne Pasta is a delicious meal that's filling for the entire family, with plenty of leftovers.

Pour everything into a greased 13″ x 9″ casserole dish and top with shredded cheese. It calls for two cups, but you can always put more or less cheese. I tend to lean on the more side–I LOVE cheese! 

Easy Ground Beef Penne Pasta is a delicious meal that's filling for the entire family, with plenty of leftovers.

Cook at 350 degrees for about 20-25 minutes, or until the cheese is melted, the sauce is bubbly, and the kitchen smells really good. 

Easy Ground Beef Penne Pasta is a delicious meal that's filling for the entire family, with plenty of leftovers.

Once the food bakes, your casserole is ready to eat.

Variety for your Ground Beef Penne Pasta Bake:

Try some different ingredients for your pasta bake and create endless variations.

  • Protein: Swap ground beef for ground turkey, Italian sausage, lentils, or black beans. Or use lean ground beef to lower the fat content.
  • Cheese: Experiment with different cheese blends like mozzarella cheese, cheddar cheese, parmesan, provolone, or a mix of your favorites.
  • Sauce: Add a twist to your sauce by using different flavors like marinara, Alfredo, pesto, barbecue, or even a creamy tomato sauce.
  • Vegetables: Dice and add bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, spinach, zucchini, or any vegetables you enjoy.
  • Spices and Herbs: Add spice with chili flakes, red pepper flakes, cumin, or taco seasoning to make things spicy. Enhance flavors with Italian seasoning, garlic powder, fresh herbs like basil or parsley, or even a splash of red wine.
  • Add a layer of breadcrumbs or crushed crackers on top: This gives your bake a crispy topping.

Tips for Making Penne Pasta with Ground Beef

  • Precook the ground beef: This saves time and prevents your pasta from getting soggy.
  • Don’t overcook the pasta: Cook the pasta noodles to al dente so they don’t get mushy in the bake.
  • Customize individual portions: Let everyone add their favorite toppings like sour cream, hot sauce, or extra cheese.
  • Get creative with the pasta shape: Use penne, ziti, rotini, macaroni, or any other pasta you like.
  • Serve with a green salad or crusty garlic bread for a complete meal.
  • Top the easy dinner with some parmesan cheese and fresh parsley for a pop of color and flavor.

Additional Ideas:

  • Add a dollop of ricotta cheese for extra creaminess.
  • Incorporate chopped sun-dried tomatoes or roasted garlic for a burst of flavor.
  • Use a Dutch oven or a large skillet for easy one-pot cooking.

By using these ideas and tips for the easy weeknight dinner, you can create endless variations of a delicious and satisfying ground beef penne pasta bake.

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Easy Ground Beef Penne Pasta is a delicious meal that's filling for the entire family, with plenty of leftovers.

Ground Beef Penne Pasta Bake

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Ground beef penne pasta bake is an easy meal to make for the entire family. It'll fill everyone up and you'll have plenty leftover. 

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef (can be precooked)
  • 16 ounce box penne pasta
  • 14 ounce jar spaghetti sauce
  • 16 ounce jar Alfredo Sauce
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Brown the meat and set aside.
  3. Boil the penne pasta per the box's directions, ensuring it only cooks to al dente.
  4. Drain the pasta and add to a large bowl.
  5. Add the meat, spaghetti sauce, and Alfredo sauce to the bowl. Mix everything together.
  6. Pour into an ungreased 13" x 9" casserole dish.
  7. Top with 2 cups shredded cheese.
  8. Bake for approximately 20-25 minutes, or until cheese is melted and sauce is bubbly.

Notes

Store any leftovers in an airtight container and keep them refrigerated.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 655Total Fat: 46gSaturated Fat: 25gTrans Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 154mgSodium: 1095mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 33g

Nutrition is approximate.

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