Quick & Easy Zesty Italian Penne Pasta Bake

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“We like this recipe because we use fresh peppers, onions, and zucchini from our garden. I can up with this recipe because I needed a quick recipe for unexpected company and had left over marinara sauce in the refrigerator and breakfast sausage in the freezer. I usually make my recipe with ziti, however, penne pasta is basically the same thing. I make this recipe in the summer when I have lots of "fresh" zucchini from my garden. I always pick fresh, baby zucchini for this recipe, therefore, it isn't necessary to peel the zucchini or cook it, because it is very tender. When it is sliced thin, it cooks perfectly in the casserole and does not require prior cooking. I serve this with fresh garden salad and crusty bread or rolls.”
1hr 15mins

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cook pasta to aldente stage, put in strainer, do not rinse and set aside to completely drain.
  2. Heat large saute pan, add olive oil, onion, sweet red peppers, hot crushed red pepper flakes and garlic.
  3. Saute on low until soft, not brown.
  4. Place in a small bowl and set aside.
  5. In same pan, brown sausage until cooked through.
  6. If not using Jimmy Dean Sausage, remove any excess fat.
  7. Return vegetable mixture back to pan and add tomato sauce, basil, salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer 10 minutes.
  9. Grease 2 quart casserole, put 1/2 of the pasta, cover with 1/2 of the meat/sauce mixture, lay slices of 1/2 of the zucchini, sprinkle 1/2 of the cheese, repeat with a second layer of pasta, meat/sauce mixture, zucchini slices, ending with the remaining cheese.
  10. Bake covered in 350 degree oven for 30 minutes, remove cover and bake until lightly brown, about 10 minutes.

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