Penne Beef Bake Recipe
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Penne Beef Bake Recipe

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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
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 (4 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Nutritional 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.


  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.
Originally published as Penne Beef Bake in Healthy Cooking December/January 2013, p38

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amsm User ID: 8302234 261662
Reviewed 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 User ID: 10385 243991
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."

Amanda's Mom User ID: 5599949 233546
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."

chichura User ID: 4501779 125651
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!"

DJLoft User ID: 7513018 181006
Reviewed May. 7, 2014

"I us low fat cheddar as a topping."

Jfortenbery User ID: 7216517 183472
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!"

MemphiseEve User ID: 6009523 151599
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."

Summy User ID: 1386846 119892
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)."

dwilfer User ID: 6972953 196956
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2014

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

JKvigne User ID: 6814027 114891
Reviewed May. 12, 2013

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

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