Penne Rigate Bake
Yield: 4 servings
Active Time: 15 minutes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 60 minutes
Scrumptious pasta bake…with all the flavors of Italy!

Ingredients for Single Meal

  • 16 - oz. box(es) penne pasta
  • 1 - lb(s) ground beef
  • 1 - Tbsp minced onion
  • 1 - tsp garlic powder
  • 8 - oz. cottage cheese
  • 2 - cup(s) shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 - cup(s) Parmesan cheese
  • 1 - egg(s)
  • 1 - Tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 - 26 oz. jar(s) spaghetti sauce
  • - Salt and pepper
  • Side: - salad**
  • 1 - 9x13 disposable foil tray(s)
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Cooking Directions for Single Meal

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F.
  2. Cook the pasta to al dente, about 7 minutes. Drain and add to 9x13-inch baking dish.
  3. In a large saucepan, brown the ground beef with the minced onion, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Drain and gently toss with the pasta in the baking dish.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, combine cottage cheese, half of the shredded mozzarella cheese, all of the Parmesan cheese, egg, and Italian seasoning.
  5. Spread the cheese mixture in and around the pasta in the baking dish. Top with spaghetti sauce and add the remaining shredded mozzarella cheese over the top.
  6. Cover and bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes, then uncover and bake another 10 minutes.
  7. Prepare the salad.
  8. Serve Penne Rigate Bake with salad.

Freezeasy Meal Prep Directions

  1. Brown 2 lbs. ground beef, 2 Tbsp minced onion, 2 tsp garlic powder, and salt and pepper to taste. Drain and let cool.
  2. Cook 2 boxes of pasta to al dente, about 7 minutes. Drain and evenly divide between the trays.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine 2 - 8 oz. containers cottage cheese, 2 cups of the shredded mozzarella cheese, 2 cups Parmesan cheese, 2 eggs, and 2 Tbsp Italian seasoning.

To each disposable tray, add the following ingredients on top of the pasta:

  • Half of the cooled browned ground beef, mixed into the pasta
  • Half of the cheese mixture, mixed into each tray
  • 1 - 26 oz. jar spaghetti sauce
  • Half of remaining shredded mozzarella cheese

Cover with foil or lid, add label and freeze.

Freeze & Thaw Instructions

Put tray in the freezer and freeze up to 6 months in fridge freezer or 12 months in a deep freezer. Thaw in the fridge overnight, or a shallow dish of warm water for about 20 minutes, before transferring to the oven and baking as directed.

Dairy-Free Modifications

Unfortunately, there is not a great dairy-free option for this meal.

Gluten-Free Modifications

Recipe is gluten-free when made with gluten-free pasta.

Printable Label Recipe Title

Penne Rigate Bake

Printable Label Instructions

Thaw completely and bake covered at 400 F for 45 minutes. Then uncover and bake another 10 minutes.
Serve with side salad.

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