Easy Valentine’s Evening Dish

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.

Whole wheat penne pasta, cooked (right) and un...

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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!

EASY Baked Meatball Penne

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.

Place in oven and bake for 30-35 minutes. Top should be lightly browned. Serve warm.Easy Baked Meatball Penne on FoodistaEasy Baked Meatball Penne


About Angela Milani

My love of cooking has taken over. I was on the net one day and saw an ad for a recipe contest. I entered. Then, I entered another. Then another, and so on and when I won a contest... an entire year's worth of tomato products, I was hooked. Since then, I've entered many many different recipe contests. I have won a trip to New York, entries into cook-offs, a recipe published in a Kraft/Paula Deen cookbook and many food products and food related items. I enjoy cooking and entering recipe contests. I hope I spark an interest in others to create something they can be proud of. I'm always getting more ideas from the internet. Wow, I remember not having the internet years ago. It's a God send and I'm trying to cover every inch of the food sites!! Join me in my quest to keep fresh ideas flowing and creating new and exciting dishes.
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2 Responses to Easy Valentine’s Evening Dish

  1. A quick and easy indulgence… I like it. It looks like the perfect treat meal for Valentine’s Day. Lucky you to win a years supply of tomato products!

  2. Angie Walker says:

    I just bought a bag of penne. This looks absolutely delish….I love the roses on your background. Very pretty!!

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