BAKED PENNE PASTA ALFREDO



While we like to eat a little lighter in the summer, there are still times you need a hearty meal. Like on a Sunday when your family is working their tales off around the house! It's nice to have a big pan of something yummy to feed them! I recently fed this Baked Penne Pasta Alfredo to my hard working boys and it was met with rave reviews and lots of "mom, you can make that again?....soon!" I took some to work the following day for my lunch and it was even more scrumptious! 
Yum  


It may sound odd but using both the red sauce and Alfredo's sauce in this amped it up to such a great notch. I served this with twisted bread sticks, pizza buns and next time will throw in a nice salad with fresh summer veggies.



While I was taking a tad bit of a break on Tasty Tuesday's this summer, I knew this was a winner too good not to share! I hope you and your family enjoy it as much as we did.
I made this a wee bit healthier wit the ground turkey and I always use Protein Plus or whole wheat pasta's.

What you'll need

Baked Penne Pasta Alfredo 
Ingredients
1 lb Italian seasoned ground turkey
2 16 oz jars of pasta sauce (You'll only use 1 cup of the 2nd jar)
1 16 oz jar Alfredo sauce (our favorite is Bertolli)
1 lb penne pasta 
1/2 cup sweet onion, chopped 
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 1/2 cups shredded Italian blend cheese
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup Grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
Parsley
Italian Herbs blend

Directions
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x13 inch pan with cooking spray. Make the pasta as directed, drain well til almost dry and rerun to pan, stirring in the jar of Alfredo. Cover pot until ready to assemble. 

In a large skillet, cook ground, onion and garlic til meat is not longer pink. Pour in 1 jar plus 1 cup of the pasta sauce and mix well. 

Pour the Alfredo covered pasta into the pan, spreading evenly. Top with the meat sauce. Sprinkle the cheese evenly, then sprinkle some parsley and Italian herbs. If desired, sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese. 
Cover with foil and bake for 15 minutes. Remove foil and bake another 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let stand for 10 minutes before serving. 





CAN I GET A "YUMMO?!!"

Linking with Momfessional's for Show and Tell Tuesday as the theme is "Best Recipes!!"
And I Sure Hope you'll head over to The Blended Blog today and Link-Up a yummy recipe or try out some you see!!

xoxo




40 comments:

  1. My stomach is already growling wanting to eat this! I love how easy this is for a weeknight meal and hearty too! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  2. A hearty meal is always good - especially after a hard day of work.

    Lisa
    Daily Style Finds

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  3. Andrea this dish looks amazing!! I'm sure it was a hit with your guys. I need to try that Jenni-O Italian seasoned turkey...I haven't spotted it before in the grocery.

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  4. I bet my babies would LOVE this!

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  5. Looks delish...and easy! I linked you over at Tasty Tuesday....I obviously was not paying attention to the time when I set up the link up. :)

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  6. My family would love this too! I am a big fan of baked pasta and this one looks like a winner. I'm glad you decided to share.

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  7. OMGosh, Andrea! I've actually made this before and we love it!! It makes a great freezer meal, too! Now you got this Carb Queen craving and needing a pasta fix and I haven't even had my Diet Coke yet! Ha! Happy Tuesday!!

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  8. This looks absolutely wonderful! I have never used alfredo and pasta sauce on the same dish... yum. :)

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  9. Pasta!!!!! I always love when alfredo and red sauces are mixed for a dish. Throws in something extra. This looks delicious!!

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  10. Agree, sometimes ya just need a stick to your ribs kinda meal. This looks amazing.

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  11. My family would inhale this! Thanks for sharing! Now, I'm starving :)

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  12. OH MY GOODNESS Andrea! My family will LOVE this! I cannot wait to try this!

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  13. Looks like another one I'll need to make soon, I think my boys will love this, my shorts not so much, lol!!! The good news is that I have gotten so good at cooking for them and not eating myself but this one sure is tempting. Looks like it makes plenty too which they;ll love for lunches this Summer! So pretty and so talented, sweet to boot - you're the whole package girl!
    xo,
    Kellyann

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  14. While I'm not an Alfredo fan, my kids are! I bet they'd love this!

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  15. Oh my goodness this looks like heaven!!

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  16. Oh this sounds just like something they used to make at my sorority house, so yummy! I love a good hearty meal like this every now and then when I have been good!

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  17. My mouth is seriously watering, Andrea! Pasta is my very favorite and we haven't had it in a few weeks (trying to cut down on the carbs!) but seeing this, I want to go home and make it for dinner! I will keep this in mind for our post-limited carbs diet. Looks so yummy!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde's Moment

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  18. Oooh this look so yummy, lady- you always have the best recipes!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  19. This looks SOOOO good. I'm a huge pasta fan!

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  20. Looks delicious !!! Thanks for sharing and HAPY TUESDAY :)

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  21. WOW! I'm coming over to your house for supper!!!
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

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  22. That bowl of cereal I just ate for lunch just isn't going to cut it now that I've seen pictures of this dish. YUM!

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  23. Anything Italian and I'm in. I don't think I ever met a pasta that I didn't like! This looks delicious!

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  24. STOP IT!!! This looks divine!!! Now if you could just come up with a pill to counteract the calories I'd be eternally grateful! Happy Tasty Tuesday sweet lady!!!

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  25. Yum- I've seen the mixing of red and alfredo sauce in a few recipes and have yet to try it, but having eaten your recipes before, I know it'll be a winner! Baked ziti is always so yummy- we call it mostaccioli in our house since my mom's from St. Louis. So excited to go eat a ton of Italian in STL in a few weeks! Hope you're having a great day!

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  26. No wonder they asked you to make it again, it looks amazing! I never would have thought to mix the alfredo with the marinara sauce, but it sounds so good!

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  27. Oh, I love "one pot meals" and I will be making this shortly to have while our daughter is here week after next. Thanks for sharing!

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  28. Yum!Yes, please. That looks delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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  29. My family is going to LOVE this!! Thank you for sharing!!

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  30. This looks so delicious! My husband (aka the pasta lover) would devour this up! :)

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  31. great post, this looks so delicious and love all your pictures of it, definitely going to try making it soon xx Bee

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  32. This look heavenly - the perfect meal for a Sunday evening!

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  33. I love a great pasta recipe. This recipe looks so yummy!

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  34. Yum... this looks delish!
    Now, what are pizza buns?

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  35. Looks delish! I will pass this along to my daughters too. xoxo

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  36. I love the Alfredo for your awesome Penne. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday and you have a great weekend!
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    Miz Helen

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  37. Oh my, this looks amazing!! Of course I love all pasta, but still. Yum! :)

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  38. I love the combination of alfredo and marinara on pasta. So yummy! Thanks so much for sharing at the #happynowlinkup!

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  39. I know my family would love this for dinner! Great recipe :)

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  40. My son requested baked ziti for dinner this week....I will add some alfredo and see what happens! Sounds so good....thanks for sharing the recipe!

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