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Penne Lover

My Great Grandmother proly wouldn’t approve a lot of my Italian recipes because I jam them with cheese and garlic. Well, she’d at least pat me on the head and sing me an Italian song. For what it’s worth we all have probably made a quick penne dish at one point in our life. This recipe is one of the same and left a memory in my brain. Quick and semi-cheap I cooked this one in a deep pan with smaller almost square footprint 12x10x5 deep. Cheese is everything, and I wouldn’t use anything cheaper than Kraft and highly recommend Tillamook. I cooked the meats together.
Course Main Course
Style American, Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 1643kcal
Author Shawn



  • 12x10x5 aluminum pan
  • 1 pound ground beef (cooked )
  • 1 pound italian (cooked pan sausage. Remove skin if using links.)
  • 24 ounce penne pasta ( boiled for 9 minutes)
  • 4 cup mozzarella (shredded )
  • 2 cups parmigiano (shredded )
  • 6 ounce provolone (sliced )
  • 15 ounce ricotta
  • 28 ounce Prego (pasta sauce)
  • 1/2 tbs basil (julienne )



  • Notice ingredients should be cooked before you get here.
  • Mix the meats together or cook together.
  • Start oven to 350 degrees
  • From bottom up start layering.
  • Sauce to thin cover bottom.
  • Sprinkle handful of meat mixture. Not a lot just to help when serving.
  • Noodles
  • Sauce over noodles spread to get good coverage over noodles.
  • Provolone layer. All of it.
  • Dab handfuls of ricotta all over then spread to make even layer.
  • Noodles
  • Sauce over noodles spread to get good coverage over noodles.
  • Rest of meat mixture evenly.
  • 2 cups of mozzarella evenly.
  • 1 cup parmigiano
  • Noodles
  • Sauce over noodles spread to get good coverage over noodles.
  • 2 cups of mozzarella evenly.
  • 1 cup parmigiano evenly.
  • Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 1 hour.
  • Plate it up and garnish with olive oil and basil.
  • Throw in a salad and good night!

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➕ Nutrition
Nutrition Facts
Penne Lover
Amount Per Serving (355 g)
Calories 1643 Calories from Fat 765
% Daily Value*
Fat 85g131%
Saturated Fat 46g288%
Cholesterol 191mg64%
Sodium 2341mg102%
Potassium 1259mg36%
Carbohydrates 136g45%
Fiber 8g33%
Sugar 33g37%
Protein 79g158%
Vitamin A 1915IU38%
Vitamin C 9.2mg11%
Calcium 1187mg119%
Iron 6.9mg38%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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