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Penne Beef Bake

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.
  • Makes
    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 shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Minced fresh parsley, optional


  • 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, breaking it into crumbles; drain. Stir in the spaghetti sauce, Alfredo sauce, 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese and garlic powder. Drain penne; stir into meat mixture.
  • 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. If desired, top with parsley.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/3 cups: 395 calories, 12g fat (6g saturated fat), 62mg cholesterol, 805mg sodium, 45g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 7g fiber), 25g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 starch, 2 lean meat, 1 fat.

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  • amsm
    Feb 21, 2017

    This is an easy pasta dish with simple ingredients! I love the combination of the spaghetti and Alfredo sauces. However, my family did not this dish. I did leave out the zucchini because I did not have any.

  • laura70
    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.

  • Amanda's Mom
    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.

  • chichura
    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!

  • DJLoft
    May 7, 2014

    I us low fat cheddar as a topping.

  • Jfortenbery
    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!

  • MemphiseEve
    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.

  • Summy
    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).

  • dwilfer
    Jan 7, 2014

    Great to make after a busy day at work.

  • JKvigne
    May 12, 2013

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