Ground Beef Penne Pasta Bake

Ground Beef Pasta Bake comes together in one-pot quickly with jarred tomato sauce, onion and garlic.

Dinner just got easier. This Ground Beef Penne Pasta Bake is made with pantry staples I always have on hand, like pasta and jarred tomato sauce. Feel free to try different cheeses – Parmesan, Asiago or Romano would be great on top of this satisfying one-pot meal. 

Ground Beef Penne Pasta Bake 

  • 1 (16 oz.) Box of Penne Pasta
  • 1 lb Ground Beef or Venison
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 Jarred Pasta Sauce, such as Classico
  • Red Pepper Flakes, to taste
  • 1 Tbs Herbs de Provence, crushed
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1 Cup Shredded Cheddar
  • Fresh Basil, for garnish

In a large skillet with rim over medium heat, brown ground beef and onion. Meanwhile, boil water for pasta and cook, following package directions. To the beef mixture, add garlic and stir. Add seasonings: salt, pepper, red pepper flakes and herbs de Provence. Add jarred tomato sauce and stir, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 20 minutes.  Once pasta is cooked, using a slotted spoon, transfer pasta into sauce. Add a ladle of pasta water to sauce to help thicken. Stir beef and pasta mixture together.  Sprinkle cheddar over the top and place under broiler for about 4 -5 minutes until cheese is melted and golden brown. Let cook slightly before adding basil for garnish.

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4 thoughts on “Ground Beef Penne Pasta Bake

  1. This looks so delicious! Thank you for sharing and telling me what “herbs de province” is…Ha. I am going to make this dish for sure!


    1. You bet! Thanks, Mom! I used Herbs de Provence in a lot of my cooking – a really nice spice blend of Italian seasonings. Look for it on the baking aisle of the grocery store, and remember seasonings are in alphabetical order. Thumbs up!


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