Delicious penne pasta made with ground beef, sausage, zucchini, yellow squash, and olives.



Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil; add penne and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 11 minutes. Drain.

  • Cook and stir ground beef and Italian sausage in a skillet until browned and crumbly, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a bowl using a slotted spoon. Drain excess grease, reserving 1 tablespoon in the skillet.

  • Cook and stir zucchini and yellow squash in the reserved grease until slightly softened, about 5 minutes.

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spread 3/4 cup pasta sauce in the bottom of a 9x11-inch casserole dish.

  • Pour remaining pasta sauce into a Dutch oven over medium heat. Stir in zucchini and yellow squash, whole olives, and sliced olives. Cook and stir until pasta sauce is heated through, about 10 minutes.

  • Layer half of the ground meat mixture, penne, hot pasta sauce, Cheddar cheese, and mozzarella cheese over the pasta sauce in the casserole dish. Repeat layers once more.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until cheese is melted and layers are heated through, about 30 minutes.

Cook's Note:

I've also made this with chicken sausage.

Nutrition Facts

725 calories; 39.7 g total fat; 111 mg cholesterol; 1808 mg sodium. 50.5 g carbohydrates; 41.5 g protein; Full Nutrition