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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Baked 3 Cheese Penne Casserole
- 1 lb penne pasta
- 3 tbsp butter
- 1 cup onion diced
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1 tsp Italian seasoning
- 1/2 tsp basil
- 2 tsp all purpose flour
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup vegetable stock or chicken stock
- 1 14 oz can Italian style diced tomatoes
- 1 cup mozzarella cheese shredded
- 1 cup parmesan cheese shredded
- 1 cup asiago cheese shredded
Prepare pasta according to package directions
In a sauce pan over medium high heat melt three tablespoons of butter.
Add onions and saute until translucent.
Add garlic, Italian seasoning and basil to butter and stir
Next, add flour to pot whisking constantly for two minutes
Add milk and stock to the flour and bring to a boil
Season with salt and pepper and remove from heat and cool for about two minutes until sauce thickens
Add cheeses to the mixture and stir to combine
While you wait for the cheese to melt drain the pasta and transfer into a 9x13 greased baking dish
Pour an undrained can of tomatoes over the pasta
Next, pour the sauce over of the pasta and then stir to combine
Sprinkle a little extra cheese over the top and bake at 350 for 25 minutes
If you want to make the cheese extra gooey turn on the broiler for 5 minutes or until the cheese is golden brown