Easy baked penne with ricotta and basil

Hello, weekend!

I am celebrating with a big plate of pasta and red wine. Shannon came over and we had dinner and a movie! This recipe was so easy and the ingredients were simple.

  • 1 lb penne pasta
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1 25 oz jar marinara sauce
  • pepper
  • 3/4 shredded mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

I boiled and drained the pasta. Then I mixed the ricotta cheese with the dried basil, pepper and 1 1/2 cups of marinara sauce with the pasta. Then I put 1/2 cup of the marinara sauce in the bottom of a baking dish, spooned the pasta over it, then drizzled the remaining marinara sauce and sprinkled 3/4 mozzarella cheese on the top! Mmmmmm!

Then I placed it in the oven and left it in there for about fifteen minutes – just long enough for the cheese to completely melt through! Watch carefully to make sure it doesn’t burn.

To alter this recipe and make it easier and quicker, I would just mix the ricotta, basil, marinara and pepper with the cooked pasta and have that as the pasta sauce! However, if you have the time and the desire, baking it melts the mozzarella on the top and makes it golden brown and bubbly.

Feel free to crack open a bottle of red wine to have with this lovely pasta!

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