Guess what, MY OVEN IS FIXED!! Yeaaaaa!!! Do a little happy dance with me, it’s okay no one is looking. 🙂
My husband fixed it just in time so I could make this wonderful three cheese pasta bake for everyone today. It is a lot like lasagna only easier. You don’t have to make a bunch of layers unless you want to. Sometimes I do, just depends on my mood.
It is perfect with those browned edges, melted cheese, chewy noodles and garlic meat sauce. This isn’t a clean slicing type of pasta dish– more of a scoopable kind. The eggs mixed with the noodles hold it somewhat in tack but not perfectly. The purpose of the eggs was to add a bit of richness to the dish, (as if this type of dish isn’t rich enough already!) It isn’t a fancy smancy dish, just really good down home comfort food.
I make this three cheese pasta bake quite often because a) it feeds a lot of people b) it really isn’t all that hard to make and c) it tastes so stinkin good! It freezes really well too. I make several pans of this to stash in my freezer just before a baby comes that way I have supper partly made!!
- 1 16 oz pkg penne pasta
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 1 medium onion chopped
- 2-3 cloves garlic minced
- 1 24 oz jar pasta sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon season salt
- 2 eggs
- 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
- 4 tablespoons butter melted
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 24 oz container cottage cheese
- 4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9x13 pan and set aside.
Cook pasta according to package directions.
Brown ground beef, onion and garlic in a large skillet over medium heat until. Drain any excess grease. Add in pasta sauce and season salt and simmer until heated through. Remove from heat.
In a small bowl whisk the eggs, parmesan, basil and oregano together. Pour the melted butter in a thin stream into the egg mixture while briskly stirring taking care not to scramble the eggs. Drain pasta and while stirring quickly add in the egg, butter and cheese mixture. Pour this into your prepared pan. Now layer with the cottage cheese, meat sauce, and mozzarella.
Cover with foil and bake for 40 minutes. Uncover and bake for 20 minutes.
If you would like to layer as I have in this photo start by placing 1/2 the noodles in your prepared dish. Then layer with 1/2 the cottage cheese, 1/2 the meat sauce and 1/2 the mozzarella. Repeat layers and bake as directed.
*This dish can be frozen. Just thaw completely before baking.