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Penne-ettes: Mini Pasta Casseroles

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Penne-ettes: Mini Pasta Casseroles

A quick and easy way to prepare individual pasta dishes!

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  • Prep Time 10 min
  • Total Time 30 min
  • Servings 4

Penne-ettes: Mini Pasta Casseroles  

As prepared by Gimme Some Oven

A fun way to serve individual portions of this quick and easy penne-pasta dish!


Who loves baked pasta???

(Ooooh – me, me!)

For a twist on this classic favorite, I decided to forgo the huge serving pan and dish up this penne pasta in individual ramekins to make…Penne-ettes! Cute? Cute.

Each is filled with a delicious and super-simple fire-roasted tomato and spinach and cheesy pasta. And then I topped each with some extra cheesy, crispy breadcrumbs, and a little extra Parmesan.

After about 20 minutes in the oven, these little bubbly, cheesy, delicious little Penne-ettes were ready to go and made a perfect easy dinner to serve to friends.

Cute. Delicious. And super easy. My kind of meal!

Here’s how to make it happen!

First of all, the secret ingredient – Progresso’s new Fire-Roasted Tomato Recipe Starters Cooking Sauce. YUM.

Start with Progresso Recipe Starters.

First you sauté up the garlic and onions in some olive oil. Then stir in the tomato sauce.

Heat the Recipe Starters wtih sauteed garlic.

Then add in about 8 ounces of pasta that has been cooked al dente.

Add penne pasta cooked al dente.

And then stir in the spinachy cheesy goodness.

Add spinach and cheese.

Divide the pasta into some individual ramekins. Then top with a little more cheese, and some breadcrumbs. (I used panko to keep them extra crispy, but you can also use regular breadcrumbs.)

Divide into individual ramekin dishes and top with breadcrumbs.

And after about 20 minutes in the oven, these baked little Penne-ettes are ready to go!

Add cheese on top and the baked penne pasta dishes are ready to eat.

Too cute! And the perfect portion size for a delicious pasta meal.

Baked mini penne pasta dishes ready to eat.

Love!!!



Ali loves music and fun food! Check out her great stuff at her blog site, Gimme Some Oven, and her Tablespoon profile -- and keep watching Quick Dish to see what colorful, nommy recipes she dreams up next!
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Penne-ettes: Mini Pasta Casseroles

Ingredients

1
tablespoon olive oil
1/2
white or yellow onion, diced
4
cloves garlic, minced
1
pinch crushed red pepper
1
(18 oz.) can Progresso Recipe Starters Fire-Roasted Tomato Cooking Sauce
8
ounce penne pasta, cooked al dente according to package instructions
2
cups mozzarella or Italian-blend shredded cheese
3
cups baby spinach, roughly chopped
1/3
cup Progresso Italian-style panko crispy breadcrumbs
1/3
cup freshly-grated Parmesan cheese (optional)

Directions

  • 1 Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Prepare four medium-sized (4-inch) ramekins with cooking spray.
  • 2 Heat olive oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet. Add onion and garlic, and saute for 5 minutes until the onion is cooked and translucent, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat, and stir in the crushed red pepper and fire-roasted tomato cooking sauce until combined.
  • 3 Add in the cooked penne pasta, 1 cup of the shredded cheese and all of the baby spinach, and stir until combined.
  • 4 Portion the pasta mixture into individual ramekins. Then top with the remaining shredded cheese and a sprinkle of breadcrumbs. Bake about 20 minutes until the cheese is melted.
  • 5 Remove and top with additional grated Parmesan if desired. Serve immediately.
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