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Mom’s Penne Pasta Dinner

This Penne Pasta recipe, like a lot of my dinner recipes is great, because you can make it ahead of time. I like to prep my dinners earlier in the day, so that when dinner time rolls around, I am ready.

It’s nice because, I am too exhausted from chasing my 16 month old around all day, to then have to slave in the kitchen for an hour. OH NO! This way, I can easily pop dinner in the oven whenever we are getting hungry!

Make it your own!

You can alter this recipe to your or your family’s specific liking, by adding a different meat, or no meat. You can add provolone cheese or more cheese as well if you like it really cheesy. 

My son, loves this dinner! I am not sure if it’s because he actually likes the taste, or if its just more fun to play with!

I like to serve this recipe with garlic bread and sometimes a salad. You can also add zucchini to this as well. It’s easy and delicious and great to eat after a long day!

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Penne Pasta

Easy comfort food that you can make ahead and bake, for a quick and delicious dinner! Serve with some garlic bread!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • 4-5 cups uncooked penne pasta
  • 12-14 oz Pasta Sauce Olive Oil, Basil, Garlic
  • 1-2 cups Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • 10 Meatballs

Optional Ingredients

  • Sour Cream
  • Provolone cheese


  • First start by boiling the pasta, don’t fully cook (al dente), since it will be baked.
  • Prep and cook meat. I used pre-cooked meatballs so I just cut them into smaller pieces.
  • Layer your pan I used a 9×5 loaf pan. 1/2 the Noodles, Sauce, Meat, Cheese, and REPEAT until pan is full. Then Bake 350F for 30 min. You can make ahead and refrigerate and take out to bake when ready. I like to serve with garlic bread. 

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