Mozzarella Penne

Main Dishes · Pasta · March 14, 2014

One of the best Italian recipes ever- Mozzarella Penne! BEYOND delicious! { } So creamy with lots of flavor!!

I have another delicious dinner recipe for you today!!

Not sure about you, but I can never have enough of them. Way too often it comes close to dinner time and I still have no clue what I’m making. I’ve mentioned this in the past but I recently started a Monthly Meal Planner and it has been SO nice for our family. Now, I’m wasting fewer groceries and almost always have dinner planned in advance which has been great!

This next recipe for Mozzarella Penne was one my mom found HERE (have I mentioned what an awesome cook my mom is?!) We all love Italian food so she knew it would be a hit. It was. In fact, it’s a new favorite and was devoured quite quickly. If you love pasta dishes with lots of cheese and delicious-ness you will want to give this one a try. 😉


The sausage in this recipe is so delicious! If you don’t like meat, just leave it out – easy peasy.

The best part of it all really is the cheese-y goodness! 😉 Whenever we make dishes like this we like to serve it with some garlic bread, fried zucchini and a salad (like this Tortellini Salad!!) Mmmmm!!

Mozzarella Penne
  • 2 TB olive oil
  • ⅛ cup onion or 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 2 tsp. garlic
  • 1 lb Italian Sausage
  • 2 cans (15 oz ea) tomato sauce
  • 1 TB oregano
  • 2 tsp. basil
  • ½ tsp. fennel seed
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • pinch of red pepper flakes
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 1 lb penne pasta
  • 3 TB butter
  • 3 TB wondra flour
  • 2¼ cups milk
  • grated mozzarella cheese
  • grated Parmesan cheese
  1. In a large skillet heat your oil. Add onion and garlic, stir. Add sausage, breaking up well. Add tomato sauce and spices, let simmer.
  2. Fill a pot with water and set on high heat. Once boiling, add salt and pasta. Cook el dente.
  3. To make Bechamel; On med-low heat, melt butter in a saucepan. When melted, add your flour and stir until smooth. Whisk continually until mixture is light golden brown, about 5 min. Add your milk a little bit at a time, stirring constantly until its thick. Add a pinch of salt.
  4. Using a 9x13 pan, layer a small amount of red sauce from step 1 to the bottom of your pan. The layering process is as follows..Pasta, red sauce, bechamel then mozzarella. Do this a total of 3 times. Sprinkle more mozzarella and parmesan on top, to your liking. For us, the cheesier the better!!
  5. Bake at 400 until golden and bubbly, about 20-30 minutes. Took 20 minutes in my oven. Enjoy warm.

Recipe adapted from Love to be in the Kitchen

One of the best Italian recipes ever- Mozzarella Penne! BEYOND delicious! { } So creamy with lots of flavor!!

One of the best Italian recipes ever- Mozzarella Penne! BEYOND delicious! { } So creamy with lots of flavor!!

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – I LOVE me some Italian recipes for dinner!! 😀

For more great Italian dishes be sure to check out these family favorites:

Creamy Chicken Alfredo Pasta Bake - I get requests for this recipe all the time. It's DELICIOUS! { } So creamy with lots of flavor!!

Creamy Chicken Alfredo Pasta Bake

Italian Sausage with Bowtie Pasta - easy and delicious! { } Recipe includes bow tie pasta, Italian sausage, garlic, parmesan cheese, and Italian stewed tomatoes.

Bowtie Pasta with Italian Sausage

Chicken and Asparagus Pasta Recipe - delicious! So many delicious flavors!!

Chicken and Asparagus Pasta

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One of the best Italian recipes ever- Mozzarella Penne! BEYOND delicious! { } So creamy with lots of flavor!! Includes sausage, tomato sauce, tons of seasonings, and cheeses!!

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jen @ Tatertots & Jello

What a yummy recipe! Pinned 🙂


    Lil' Luna

    Thank you, Jen! It is so delicious – you would love it. 🙂

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Yummy! Looks amazing! Pinned!

Chloe @ foodlikecake

This looks amazing! I’m sure it tastes amazing too 🙂


Can I use regular flour? Or does it have to be wondra flour?

    Lil' Luna

    I think regular flour will work as well. We just wanted to give the Wondra flour a try and it was great too. 🙂

Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen

This looks like a dinner I could devour!!

    Lil' Luna

    It would be pretty easy to do. It is so yummy. 🙂


Do you think that this would freeze well? Looking to add more yummy things to my freezer meal lists

    Lil' Luna

    To be honest, I’m not sure. I’m not an expert on freezer meals but I would imagine it would be similar to other Pasta dishes. 😉


Yum! Thanks for an easy dinner idea.


I can’t get my bechamel to thicken up…. advice?

    Lil' Luna

    Hmmm, did you cook the flour and butter for a few minutes until it was golden brown?


    Mine wouldn’t thicken either. I remembered something I saw on the Chew that chef Michael Simon always says when they make bechamel….the flour and butter should look like wet sand before adding your liquid. 2 tbsps of butter and about 4 tbsps of flour in another pot, browned, and gradually added my milk that wouldn’t thicken and voilà. My 1st bechamel!


      The key (for me at least) is to actually not stir constantly. It needs little breaks to thicken up. Not too long though, you don’t want it to curdle, just stop every minute or so for like 10 seconds. It works for me! It’s actually something I learned in a cooking class in high school. I was stirring without stopping for 10 minutes wondering why my sauce wasn’t getting thick. Then I was told, “you need to stop stirring so it has a chance to thicken”. Blew my mind!


Could I prepare this in the morning and keep it in the fridge until I’m ready to bake it for dinner?

    Lil' Luna

    Definitely! Hope you like it!! Thanks so much for stopping by!!


      Awesome- I just prepped this and it is in the fridge ready to go into the oven tonight! I assume I will have to bake it closer to the 30 minutes since it will be cold from the fridge.

      The only tweaks I made were using half & half instead of milk (not healthy at all, but I can’t resist using it in pasta dishes) and I only used 2 cups. My sauce thickened up just fine, it just took a long time. I also added some fresh basil that I’ve been growing. In the end everything I sampled tasted great and I can’t wait to eat the finished product! Dinner might have to be early tonight!


Made your Mozzarella Penne last night and it turned out so yummy. Thank you for sharing this tasty recipe.👍😉

    Lil' Luna

    Oh, yay!! Thank you for letting me know 🙂 I love when it’s a hit!

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