Baked Penne


This version of the Italian-inspired classic dish combines penne pasta with ground beef, peppers, and sautéed onions, baked with Philadelphia Italian Cheese and Herb Cooking Creme and topped with mozzarella cheese. Serve with a crisp mixed salad tossed with your favorite Kraft light dressing.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 5 mins
1 2-quart casserole


  • ½ pound extra lean ground beef

  • ½ cup chopped onions

  • ½ cup chopped green peppers

  • 1 (24 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce

  • 1 (10 ounce) tub PHILADELPHIA Italian Cheese and Herb Cooking Creme, divided

  • 1 cup KRAFT Shredded Mozzarella Cheese, divided

  • 3 cups hot cooked penne pasta


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir beef, onions, and peppers in the hot skillet until beef is browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes.

  3. Stir in spaghetti sauce, 3/4 cup cooking creme, and 1/2 cup mozzarella: cook and stir until mozzarella is melted, 2 to 3 minutes. Mix in cooked pasta until evenly coated.

  4. Spoon pasta mixture into a 2-quart casserole dish. Top with remaining cooking creme and mozzarella. Cover the dish with aluminum foil.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. Remove the foil and continue baking until heated through, about 5 more minutes.

Kraft Kitchens Tips:

You can substitute Italian sausage for ground beef.

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

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

397 Calories
17g Fat
39g Carbs
21g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 397
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 64mg 21%
Sodium 922mg 40%
Total Carbohydrate 39g 14%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 21g
Vitamin C 13mg 66%
Calcium 183mg 14%
Iron 3mg 14%
Potassium 548mg 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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