Blissful and Domestic - Creating a Beautiful Life on Less: Baked Penne Pasta

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Baked Penne Pasta

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We all know my family loves their carbs. Bread and pasta is a daily staple in our house hold. We try to do whole wheat as much as we can and I try to always add some puree into our spaghetti sauce. It is my sneaky way to get some extra veggies into that family of mine. Today I am sharing our Baked Penne Pasta Recipe. It is simple to make and oh so delicious. I hope you all get a chance to try it out. Pair it with some homemade French bread. Yum!!

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Baked Penne Pasta

1/3 cup diced mushrooms
1/4 cup squash puree
1 jar spaghetti sauce or homemade spaghetti sauce
2 cups of pasta cooked and drained
1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
Parmesan cheese for topping

Combine first 4 ingredients into a 9x13 greased baking dish. Top with mozzarella cheese. Bake for 30 minutes @350' Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese if desired.

* I cook my squash and then puree it in my nutri-bullet. Add 1 tablespoon of water if you need to thin our your puree a bit. I usually do a big batch and then freeze it in 1/4 cup portions. Just thaw before needed.

*If you have leftover sausage, chicken, or ground turkey throw it into this dish. It is a great way to use up leftovers.

Print Recipe HERE

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XO Danielle


  1. Yum! Total comfort food - what a great way to sneak some nutrition in for picky eaters with the squash!

  2. We do something similar with boxed macaroni and cheese - I make it according to the directions and after adding the packet of cheese sauce it comes with, we also add additional cheese, some salsa and usually a pound of cooked and drained hamburger. Everything gets mixed up and put into a casserole dish topped with shredded cheese. Bakes for about 10 minutes or so and then I hit it with the broiler a few minutes to get the top brown and bubbly!

    Then I usually serve it with a salad of some kind. :)

  3. MMM that looks and sounds amazing.

  4. ekk I have been following you for a long time now and I will say this I love your blog I really do. I check in every few days. I was sitting at my table earlier and was telling my husband we need to make some tomato sauce badly to use up my tomatoes. I searched every where and couldnt find a crockpot friendly recipe, came to read you tonight and saw yours! Will deff. be trying this one out. Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. This looks so yummy! I'm sure my girls would love it. Thanks for sharing.

  6. definitely gonna try this. I love it when recipes are user and wallet friendly. Thanks for sharing!


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