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

9 comments:

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

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  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. :)

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  3. MMM that looks and sounds amazing.

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  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!

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

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

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