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!
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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 Recipe
One of the best Italian recipes ever- Mozzarella Penne! BEYOND delicious! So creamy with lots of flavor!!
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1/8 cup onion or 1 tsp onion powder
- 2 tsp garlic
- 1 lb Italian Sausage
- 30 oz tomato sauce
- 1 tbsp oregano
- 2 tsp basil
- 1/2 tsp fennel seed
- 1/2 tsp salt
- pinch red pepper flakes
- pinch nutmeg
- 1 lb penne pasta
- 3 tbsp butter
- 3 tbsp wondra flour
- 2 1/4 cup milk
- mozzarella grated
- parmesan grated
In a large skillet heat your oil. Add onion and garlic, stir. Add sausage, breaking up well. Add tomato sauce and spices, let simmer.
Fill a pot with water and set on high heat. Once boiling, add salt and pasta. Cook el dente.
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.
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!!
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
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – I LOVE me some Italian recipes for dinner!! 😀
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