The easiest Baked Penne… ever!!!!

15 Feb

This is one of the easiest recipes… ever!!

The funny thing, it has not been even 24 hours since I learned about it.  I was perusing one of my favorite food blogs – Serious Eats… and in one of the Talk threads there was a discussion about making mac & cheese without boiling the pasta first.  Then, one of the participants – his/her name is hanak– mentioned this recipe for Baked Ziti without even boiling the pasta.  I always get stumped at what to do for lunch… so when I read this today, my lunch dilemma was immediately solved.  I would do this while I finished some stuff at the computer.  God bless  hanak and the Baked Ziti recipe…

I modified the recipe a little – as you know… can’t bear to make a recipe “by the book” not even once.  Here is the recipe as it was given to me today and with notes on the modifications I made to it today at 1PM:



8oz whole wheat pasta – I used penne, but ziti or any tubular pasta would work
28oz can of crushed tomatoes – I used a 26oz carton of Pomi crushed tomatoes
6 tbs extra-virgin olive oil
2 tsp chopped garlic
Salt and Pepper to taste
Fresh Mozzarella –  optional
Grated Parmesan cheese – optional
  1. Soak the dry pasta in the olive oil for around 20 minutes.
  2. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. 
  3. Add the crushed tomatoes, garlic, salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Bake for about 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.

This is a picture of the pasta at this point.  It is DELICIOUS just like this!!!!  A bit oily to my taste, so maybe the next time I will try to see if I can cut the oil in half… but believe me, it’s been a while I tasted a pasta that I would eat as is, without any cheese.  This one is awesome.  I even bragged to my mom about it already…


I decided to use up some leftover fresh mozzarella cheese… so I added a few pieces in the dish, sprinkled some grated parm/romano cheese and put it back in the oven with the residual heat after I turned it off.  It is really good, but as hanak said… it does not need it.

Thanks a lot to my fellow online foodies, but specially to hanak and this awesome Baked Pasta recipe…  they are all a source of inspiration and hunger-relief. 


4 Responses to “The easiest Baked Penne… ever!!!!”

  1. Favorite Dish February 15, 2008 at 12:43 pm #

    Good article,
    As you gave the information about preparing food with out boiling pasta. Even in today’s time pressed world you can still experience the joy of making your own fresh pasta sauce at home with this easy recipe. So simple and good tasting it’s likely to become one of your favorite pasta sauce recipes.

  2. thaishernandez October 2, 2011 at 9:36 pm #

    I’ll admit I was skeptical about the fact that the pasta cooks dry in this recipe but I’m glad I stand corrected. Thanks for this amazing recipe.

    • KarmaFree Cooking October 2, 2011 at 10:03 pm #

      wasn’t it cool!!?!?!?!?! I was amazed too… spread the word…

  3. Kyla November 23, 2014 at 6:29 pm #

    I knew it had to be possible!! Thank you for posting this!

    My husband is gluten-free, going to try this with GF penne and will see how it works… fingers crossed!

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