This is a simple baked pasta dish we all love. Aunt Cathy and Uncle Tim made it for us once, and I tweaked the recipe a bit to suit our tastes. It's warm and gooey and yummy, and not at all healthy! Using jars of spaghetti sauce makes this an easy meal that feeds a crowd. Oh, and the leftovers are fabulous!
Baked Penne (or Pizza Noodles, as we call it for Evie)
1 lb dry penne pasta
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1.25 lb lean ground beef
2 (26 oz) jars spaghetti sauce
1 c shredded provel cheese (can substitute 8 oz sliced provolone)
1 c sour cream
1 c shredded mozzarella cheese
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook penne according to package directions. Drain.
In a large pot (I use the same one I cooked the pasta in,) brown onion, garlic, and ground beef over medium heat. Add spaghetti sauce and simmer 15 minutes. Add cooked pasta and stir well to combine.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9X13 inch baking dish. Layer as follows: half of the penne and sauce mixture, provel (or provolone) cheese, sour cream, remaining penne and sauce and top with mozzarella cheese.
Cover with foil and bake 20 minutes in preheated oven. Remove foil and bake another 10 minutes, or until cheese is melted.