This version of the Italian-inspired classic dish combines ground beef, peppers, and sauteed onions, baked with penne and PHILADELPHIA Italian Cheese and Herb Cooking Creme, and topped with Mozzarella cheese.

Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
additional:
30 mins
total:
35 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat oven to 350 degrees F.

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  • Brown meat with vegetables in large nonstick skillet. Stir in spaghetti sauce, 3/4 cup cooking creme and 1/2 cup mozzarella: cook and stir 2 to 3 min. or until mozzarella is melted. Add pasta; mix lightly.

  • Spoon into 2-qt. casserole; top with remaining cooking creme and mozzarella. Cover.

  • Bake 20 min. or until heated through, uncovering after 15 min.

Kraft Kitchens Tips

Substitute: Substitute Italian sausage for the ground beef.

Substitute: Prepare using your favorite flavor of spaghetti sauce, such as mushroom or garden vegetable.

Serving Suggestion: Serve with a crisp mixed salad tossed with your favorite KRAFT Light Dressing.

Nutrition Facts

397 calories; protein 21.4g 43% DV; carbohydrates 38.8g 13% DV; fat 17.3g 27% DV; cholesterol 64.2mg 21% DV; sodium 922mg 37% DV. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (81)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
10/06/2011
This is a great recipe! I made some changes like I used 1 pound of beef 1 whole green pepper 1 whole onion 1 clove of garlic half a tub of the cooking creme and 2 cups of mozzarella cheese. It turns out great I am going to use this recipe a lot Thanks! Read More
(43)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
10/31/2011
This was an excellent recipe that allowed me to use the box of penne pasta that was sitting in my pantry but I do feel it lacked a little in the flavor department. I would make it again but next time I will add more to the meat sauce before baking. Read More
(5)
117 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 82
  • 4 star values: 31
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
10/06/2011
This is a great recipe! I made some changes like I used 1 pound of beef 1 whole green pepper 1 whole onion 1 clove of garlic half a tub of the cooking creme and 2 cups of mozzarella cheese. It turns out great I am going to use this recipe a lot Thanks! Read More
(43)
Rating: 5 stars
05/12/2011
While cooking the ground beef I seasoned it with ital. seasoning oregano garlic powder and pepper. I also added a can of petite diced tomatoes with green chiles. I used more mozz. cheese than the recipe called for (I like it cheesy). And this was delicious. Definitely adding it to the menu rotation. Read More
(36)
Rating: 5 stars
09/13/2011
I love creamy pasta. This was delicious! I am a vegetarian so I used Morningstar Farms chopped meat. Fabulous! Read More
(27)
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Rating: 5 stars
11/05/2012
This was a lot better than I thought it would be. Pretty much followed the recipe exactly but used 1/3 less fat Italian Cheese & Herb cooking creme. I cook for my sister and she liked it so that's what's most important to me. Read More
(13)
Rating: 5 stars
02/07/2012
Delicious! Subbed italian sausage for the ground beef & mixed all the cooking creme into the sauce then topped with remaining mozzarella. Also I baked it uncovered - there isn't really any need to cover if the pasta's freshly cooked and the sauce is already hot. Read More
(11)
Rating: 5 stars
02/03/2012
Made this last night and it was great I used some frozen meatballs we had instead of the ground beef and substituted 8oz of cream cheese for the cooking creme. It turned out great! It was even really good reheated today for lunch. Thanks for the easy quick and versatile recipe. It can be used so many ways. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/11/2012
This was fab! I eliminated the beef and made this vegetarian. Also used parmesen with the mozzarella. Held very well in a chaffing dish for my buffet. A real keeper! Read More
(10)
Rating: 4 stars
04/11/2011
Very good easy recipe. I used ground Italian sausage in place of ground beef turned out great! Read More
(8)
Rating: 5 stars
05/04/2011
I've tried several of the Phila cooking creme recipes and this is one of the better ones. It's a simple straightforward comfort food classic. Obviously not for those of us on a diet! The baked penne turned out very delicious. I would make this again. Read More
(8)
Rating: 3 stars
10/31/2011
This was an excellent recipe that allowed me to use the box of penne pasta that was sitting in my pantry but I do feel it lacked a little in the flavor department. I would make it again but next time I will add more to the meat sauce before baking. Read More
(5)
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