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I was cleaning out the fridge and pantry over the weekend and figured I had enough stuff to make baked penne. Here’s what I cobbled together for delicious carbo-loading.

For this recipe you’ll need:

  • 1 box (12 oz) pound penne pasta (I used this brand)
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 (25-ounce) jar marinara pasta sauce, divided
  • 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese


Preheat oven to 350. Prepare pasta according to box directions. In a separate bowl, mix ricotta cheese and all but 1/2 cup of pasta sauce together. Spoon half of remaining sauce into your baking dish. Add cooked pasta to cheese and sauce mixture and spoon into dish. Spoon remaining sauce and mozzarella cheese over top. Bake 30 minutes or until golden brown. I put a tray under mine since I was afraid it would bubble over. (Spoiler: it did, but not as bad as I thought.)

You may wish to add black pepper or italian seasoning to this, if your sauce doesn’t already have enough seasoning. It was quite yummy, and I plan on eating this for lunch for the rest of the week. Enjoy!