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Baked Penne Pasta Recipe

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Today I’ve got a delicious pasta dish to share with you guys… Baked Penne Rigate Recipe. This recipe is easy to make and you can easily add to it various proteins of your choice… such as chicken or ground beef. If you love pasta loaded with cheese then this one is for you! This is the perfect cheesy pasta dish for a busy weeknight dinner.

Baked Penne Pasta Recipe loaded with cheese!

Baked Penne Ingredients:

Here are the supplies you’ll need to make this baked penne and cheese pasta dish!

  • ricotta cheese
  • parmesan cheese
  • penne rigate
  • pasta sauce
  • mozzarella
  • eggs
  • salt and pepper
Baked Penne Pasta supplies for your recipe

Making Baked Penne

You boil the penne pasta in a large pot over medium-high heat, while you prep the cheese mixture.

mixing the cheeses and eggs for the Baked Penne Rigate

With all those cheese varieties you know this has to be delicious. You’ll combine the mozzarella, Parmesan, and Ricotta cheese together in a large bowl along with the egg and salt, and pepper. This part of the recipe could be prepped in advance and kept in the refrigerator until you are ready to make the dish.

Once the pasta is al dente you will drain the pasta in the base of an oven-safe baking dish. This penne pasta bake is basically a pasta casserole. I used a large skillet, but any baking pan will work. Just make sure it’s oven safe.

Best Penne Pasta Recipe - it's baked and delicious

Then it’s time to layer the marinara sauce and cheese mixture. You can use whatever favorite tomato sauce you love or if you have a homemade marinara sauce you make, that would be amazing with this dish.

A favorite pasta dish baked in the oven Baked Penne Rigate

I love that this recipe can be made in less than 30 minutes. Of course, loads of grated cheese make it even better! Finish with some torn fresh basil if you’d like. This pasta dish is the ultimate comfort food.

4.13 from 8 votes

Baked Penne Rigate Recipe

A great weeknight pasta dish loaded with delicious cheese and marinara sauce.
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Prep Time:10 minutes
Cook Time:30 minutes
Total Time:40 minutes


  • oven safe skillet
  • large pot


  • 1/2 pound Penne Rigate Pasta
  • 2 cups Ricotta Cheese
  • 1 cup Mozzarella Cheese
  • 3/4 cup Parmesan Cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 jar of Marinara Sauce 20-28 ounce size will do


  • 1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese


  • Bring a pot of salted water to a boil.
  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  • Add your penne rigate to the boiling water. Cook as directed on the packaging for al dente.
  • In a bowl combine the cheeses, eggs and salt and pepper.
  • When pasta is cooked place drained pasta in the base of a pan (heat safe). Pour 1/2 of the marinara sauce on top of pasta. Stir to combine.
  • Scoop your cheese mixture on top of your pasta. Spread evenly. Bake for 18-20 minutes.
  • Pull out from the oven and drizzle the remaining marinara sauce on top and then sprinkle with the 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese.
  • Place back in the oven and bake another 5-10 minutes.


Store leftovers in airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Reheat pasta in microwave until desired temperature.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: cheese, melted cheese, string cheese, marinara sauce, pasta
Servings: 5 people
Cost: $8

Pair this Baked Penne Rigate Recipe with a green salad and some French bread and you’ve got a complete meal the whole family will love.

Great Additions and Substitutions to Penne Pasta Recipes:

  • Protein: Chicken, Ground Beef, or Italian Sausage would be amazing.
  • Veggies: addional Garlic, Onion, or even Zucchini would be great.
  • Other Pasta Noodles: Ziti or Rigatoni would be delicious! I love a noodle with a hole in the center for this dish.

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Baked Penne Rigate a delicious and easy pasta dinner for your family


  1. 5 stars
    The sight of this dish is absolutely delightful; its vibrant green hue and bright appearance make it a perfect choice for a midwinter meal. Roasting the cauliflower brings out its delicious flavor and enhances the dish even more than the steamed version. Combining cauliflower with pasta is a personal favorite of mine, and I can’t wait to give this recipe a try!

  2. 4 stars
    This was delicious but needs more seasoning, 1 lb of pasta, and a measurement on the amount of sauce. Otherwise, it’s a great dish and a make again for sure!

  3. 5 stars
    If you’re looking for a delicious pasta dish that’s easy this is it. I skip the last step and assemble it all at once and bake,j j and it’s perfect. I’ve made this several times for friends who’ve been sick and everyone loves itπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ’–

  4. 3 stars
    Taste was very good, it needed more noodles. It was so cheesy. I would of used 1 Ib of noodles instead of 1/2 ib. Or maybe even 1 1/2 ibs.

    1. I used a 10″ cast iron skillet, but you could easily use a 9×13 pan. No foil needed.

  5. I just want to say that this recipe is amazingly delicious and so simple to make!

    Did not need to alter. I like to keep extra sauce for leftovers!

    Thank you for the great recipe!

  6. This looks delicious! Can you recommend a substitute for ricotta? I’m not a fan, nor am I a fan of cottage cheese…

  7. Do you think this would work well with italian sausage added to the tomato mixture? Kind of like a simpler version of lasagna?

    1. I bet it would be delicious! Let me know! My husband and son would love it that way.

    1. Exactly… it’s like grocery shopping when you’re hungry… not a good idea! πŸ˜‰

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