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Parmesan Penne Recipe

Parmesan Penne Recipe

My mother was not much of a cook. So I credit my husband for encouraging me to experiment in the kitchen. This is a fantastic all-in-one meal that features both a cream sauce and a meat sauce.—Vera Soghomonian, Maple Grove, Minnesota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 40 min. YIELD:12 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 can (28 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 package (16 ounces) penne pasta
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed, divided
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten


  • 1. In a large skillet, cook and stir beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the tomato sauce, 1/3 cup cheese, allspice, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes.
  • 2. Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions. In a large saucepan, melt 1/4 cup butter. Stir in flour until smooth. Gradually add milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat; stir in 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese. Gradually whisk in eggs until blended.
  • 3. Drain pasta. Add the remaining cheese and butter; toss to coat.
  • 4. Spread a third of the meat mixture in a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Layer with half of the pasta, a third of the meat mixture and half of the white sauce. Repeat layers.
  • 5. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until bubbly. Yield: 12 servings.

Recipe Note

Instead of a traditional tossed salad, serve Parmesan Penne with garden-fresh vegetables. Saute sliced zucchini, yellow squash and sweet red pepper in butter or margarine until crisp-tender. Season with garlic-salt and pepper.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 360 calories, 16g fat (9g saturated fat), 85mg cholesterol, 563mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 18g protein.

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fishrgal User ID: 1182152 69815
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2014

"This recipe is a keeper! I made it according to the recipe, except I used a large onion instead of medium, and a little extra ground beef. I also used a pasta sauce with lots of herbs instead of tomato sauce. This family hates bland food and found it wasn't bland at all. We all loved it and I will definitely be making this again."

bvalenc2 User ID: 6059042 43736
Reviewed Sep. 25, 2011

"I should have looked at the reviews before making. The dish was good just lacked something... I probably will make it again but will definitely add some more spices. Thanks!"

whiteyclan User ID: 2644004 203952
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2010

"My daughter & I made this with some changes. We used garlic & herb pasta sauce instead of tomato sauce. We left out the allspice. We used 4 cups dry (instead of 6 cups)Smart Taste pasta that has even more fiber & protein, making the entree even healthier. With the reduced amount of pasta, it was not too dry. Then we added a sprinkling of parmesan cheese and mozzerella cheese on the top before baking. This entree tasted a lot like a lasagne without all the work. It turned out delicious and we will definitely make this again. It will be a good dinner to take to a potluck or to a family in need."

priscillaballinger User ID: 4841380 89019
Reviewed Jun. 15, 2010

"The meat sauce had no flavor. Blah! It needs some spices like garlic, oregano and basil. Would have been better with Prego or spaghetti sauce."

betsytodd User ID: 3239429 47143
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2010

"When I made this for a family party, both kids and adults loved it."

meggi36 User ID: 2502010 34187
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2010

"Wasn't as saucy as I expected, the white sauce thickened during baking. It still tasted good, just wasn't as good as I had hoped."

julyprincesspatricia User ID: 2374473 75954
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2010

"Maybe because I'm Italian but, I would be more inclined to use 1/2 hot, 1/2 sweet Italian sausage - ground beef is too American! And, a large can of recipe ready tomatoes - not tomato sauce. Now that we can get whole grain macaroni, I would use that to up the fiber content. Why not add some fresh garlic, too?"

christinagriffith User ID: 4512691 107853
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2010

"This was good. I added parsley to the cream sauce for taste and color. My son said it was like lasagna but better! I may try to sneak in some spinach with the cream sauce next time. Thanks for the recipe!"

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