The Best Easy Baked Penne

This easy pasta casserole is FULL of cheese! It’s accidentally vegetarian and no one will know it’s semi-homemade!

You’ll Need:

  • 1 12-16 ounce box penne pasta
  • 8 ounces cottage cheese — low fat is fine
  • 8 ounces sour cream — low fat is fine
  • 5 cloves garlic — pressed
  • 4 cups shredded mozzarella — divided
  • 1 jar — 24 ounce pasta sauce (and brand/flavor you like)


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions then drain well.
  3. In a bowl or in the pasta pan, stir together pasta sauce, cottage cheese, sour cream, and garlic. Stir in pasta, then stir in 2 cups of shredded cheese.
  4. Spread pasta in a 9x13” baking dish. Sprinkle the remaining 2 cups cheese on top.
  5. Bake for 15-25 minutes or until the pasta is hot all the way through and cheese is melted. Serve hot. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.