This Three Cheese Baked Penne casserole is an easy meatless meal that can easily be made ahead.
Three Cheese Baked Penne is an easy meatless dinner. But, don’t worry about losing flavor because all it’s made with lots of seasonings and tons of cheesy goodness.
There are lots of reasons people choose to eat a meatless meal once or more times a week. Most people choose them for health reasons but they are also inexpensive; making meatless meals not only good for you but for you wallet too.
Of course a lot of people choose to take part in Meatless Monday as a part of the Lenten season. No matter your reasons for choosing a meatless meal this Three Cheese Baked Penne is a great one that everyone in your family love.
In a large pot prepare pasta according to the package directions. While the pasta is cooking it’ is time to make the sauce. This is an easy sauce that’s built off a roux includes seasonings and cheese.
Begin the sauce by melting three tablespoons of butter over medium high heat. Once butter is melted add garlic and seasonings cooking whisking constantly for two minutes.
Next, add the flour to the mixture and continue to cook whisking constantly for about a minute. Add in milk and whisk to combine. Bring to a boil and
Season with salt and pepper and cool for about two minutes. Then add in cheeses and continue whisking for three or four minutes until sauce thickens.
Add cheeses to the mixture and combine.
Drain the pasta and transfer it to a greased 9×13 baking dish. Then pour an undrained can of tomatoes over the pasta and stir together.
Next pour sauce over pasta and tomatoes and toss together.
Sprinkle a little extra cheese over the top and bake for 25 minutes. At the end of that time you can remove the pasta from the oven or you can turn up the broiler and cook for another 5 minutes to brown the cheese. You get the full printable recipe by clicking below.
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