Italian Baked Penne

Prep Time: 20 minutes |Total Time: 35 minutes | Yield: Serves: 6


  • 8 oz penne pasta
  • 1 lb Ground Mild Italian sausage
  • 2 cups onions, diced (can use frozen)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced (can use jarred)
  • 8 oz button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 2 – 14.5 oz cans crushed tomatoes
  • 3 cups fresh spinach, roughly chopped
  • 8 oz mozzarella cheese, cubed
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided


  1. Heat oven to 425° F.
  2. Boil salted water in large pot. Add penne pasta and cook until al dente, 11-13 minutes. Drain
  3. While pasta is cooking, heat large skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausage, onion and garlic. Saute sausage, while breaking it up, until cooked through, about 10 minutes.
  4. Add mushrooms and sauté 3 minutes. Add pepper, Italian seasoning and tomatoes to the skillet. Simmer, stirring every now and then, about 8 minutes.
  5. Combine sausage mixture with pasta, spinach, mozzarella cheese and 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese.
  6. Pour into 9″ x 13″ glass baking dish. Sprinkle remaining 2/3 cup Parmesan cheese on top.
  7. Bake 15 minutes or until cheese is melted and sauce is bubbling.


Recipe Origin:  Back of a pasta box!

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