So, Mr. Kenneth and I didn’t get out like we had first planned to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Which neither of us thought that was a bummer. I looked in the cabinets and the fridge and came up with a quick and easy baked penne pasta dish topped with mozzarella cheese. We both love pasta and we hadn’t eaten a pasta dish in a while, at least, as our main course. I had half of a box of whole wheat penne pasta on hand.
Of course, I also had my Dei Fratelli canned tomato products (from my win in the Dei Fratelli 2010 Ripened Recipe Contest), frozen Italian-style meatballs and Kraft Philadelphia cooking creme on hand. That was a given. So, I came up with EASY Baked Meatball Penne.
Now, you can always add some mushrooms, spinach, etc. if you would like. The Italian Cheese and Herb Philadelphia Cooking Creme added a lot of herbs and spices and cheese flavors. The blend of this creamy cheese along with the Dei Fratelli whole tomatoes and Traditional sauce made this a hit.
I hope everyone had a terrific Valentine’s Day with their significant others and/or family and friends. Here’s the quick and easy recipe. Enjoy!
Yield: 4 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
16oz. Frozen Italian-style meatballs
Half (13.25oz.) box whole wheat penne pasta, cooked until al dente
5oz. Kraft Italian Cheese and Herb cooking creme
3 Tablespoons Dei Fratelli Traditional pasta sauce
28oz. can Dei Fratelli whole tomatoes
8oz. Kraft shredded mozzarella cheese
Preheat oven to 350° F. Spray 2 qt. glass casserole dish with cooking spray.
Heat frozen meat balls in the prepared baking dish in microwave for 3 minutes. Remove from microwave. Add cooked pasta, cooking creme and sauce. Squeeze in tomatoes and add juice from tomatoes. (For a thicker sauce, do not add juice from tomatoes but add additional 1/4 cup of pasta sauce instead). Toss. Sprinkle entire bag of cheese on top and spread evenly.