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Penne Beef Bake Recipe

Penne Beef Bake Recipe

I had ground beef and veggies on hand so I came up with this pizza-flavored casserole. I never expected my family to love it so much. It's a good way to sneak in some extra veggies for the kids. —Jennifer Wise, Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min. YIELD:8 servings


  • 1 package (12 ounces) whole wheat penne pasta
  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 2 medium zucchini, finely chopped
  • 1 large green pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 jar (24 ounces) spaghetti sauce
  • 1-1/2 cups reduced-fat Alfredo sauce
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder


  • 1. Cook penne according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven, cook the beef, zucchini, pepper and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the spaghetti sauce, Alfredo sauce, 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese and garlic powder. Drain penne; stir into meat mixture.
  • 2. Transfer to a 13x9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Cover and bake at 375° for 20 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese. Bake, uncovered, 3-5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1-1/3 cups equals 395 calories, 12 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 62 mg cholesterol, 805 mg sodium, 45 g carbohydrate, 7 g fiber, 25 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 starch, 2 lean meat, 1 fat.

Reviews for Penne Beef Bake

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Reviewed Feb. 17, 2016

"Super easy! I was going to give this 4 stars but it tastes even better the next day! Love the addition of zucchini."

Reviewed Sep. 27, 2015

"I just tried this recipe with the family and Yum. We really like our veggies, so I added cut up frozen broccoli, corn and mushrooms. This is a definite keeper. Will make a lot."

Reviewed Jul. 16, 2014

"My family is vegetarian. I used a meat substitute in place of the ground beef. In addition I added finely chopped mushrooms to the vegetables. It was delicious. This is one of our new favorite recipes!"

Reviewed May. 7, 2014

"I us low fat cheddar as a topping."

Reviewed Feb. 7, 2014

"I made this last night with ground turkey, Newman's tomato and basil sauce, Classico light alfredo sauce and whole wheat pasta. I kept all of the other ingredients the same. It was absolutely delicious!"

Reviewed Jan. 12, 2014

"Wonderful recipe. Very clever and good taste with the zucchini. Easy also, just make sure you buy right sauces. Serve with salad and garlic bread. Great dinner."

Reviewed Jan. 9, 2014

"This is only the second TOH recipe that I've rated this low. I admit, it could've been because I used the wrong spaghetti sauce, or because I used 80% lean beef...or...? Usually, though, things don't turn out this disastrous. It tasted so bad and bland that I couldn't even choke it down. I am giving it to the dog (don't worry...he loves pasta, and is a healthy, happy 14 year old who hikes a few miles with me each day)."

Reviewed Jan. 7, 2014

"Great to make after a busy day at work."

Reviewed May. 12, 2013

"Very good! Family didn't even notice the hidden veggies."

Reviewed Feb. 9, 2013

"This recipe was very easy and very good. I added more zucchini, a little corn, and used fresh garlic, as well. I shared this recipe with friends and they loved it, too!"

Reviewed Dec. 14, 2012

"Super yummy for the whole family with lots of veggies snuck in:)"

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