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Easy Baked Penne Pasta
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Easy Baked Penne Pasta

This is an easy, fail-safe recipe you'll love! You can whip it up in a few minutes or it works perfectly as a make-ahead. It's so delicious, no one will ever guess how simple and easy it is!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Author Tiffany

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces uncooked penne noodles
  • 2 cups prepared alfredo sauce (one store-bought jar works great!)
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper (or to taste)
  • 6 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese, divided

Optional:

  • 1 chicken breast cooked, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 cup chopped red pepper
  • 1 cup sliced shiitake mushrooms + 1/2 teaspoon olive oil + 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400. Lightly grease a large casserole dish or two smaller casserole dishes with cooking spray.
  • Cook penne noodles according to package instructions. Drain and place in a large bowl. Add alfredo sauce, oregano, basil, garlic powder, salt and pepper, and 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese. Mix well to combine. (*Optional: add chicken and peppers here.) Scoop mixture into casserole dish and sprinkle with remaining parmesan cheese. Bake 20 minutes and serve hot.
  • ***Optional: If you would like to include the mushrooms (which I highly recommend!) saute the mushrooms over medium high heat with oil and garlic about 5 minutes or until fragrant and mushrooms are slightly browned on each side. Add before scooping into casserole dish.