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Easy Italian Sausage Baked Penne with 3 Cheeses

Easy Italian Sausage Baked Penne with 3 Cheeses - mixing Italian sausage into the ground beef, really boosts the flavour of this comfort food baked penne pasta.
Course Dinner
Cuisine Italian Inspired
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Author Barry C. Parsons


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 pound hot Italian sausage - use loose sausage meat or remove from casings
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 small minced red onion
  • 2 large cans crushed plum tomatoes
  • 1 small chopped red pepper
  • 1 tsp ground fennel seed
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tbsp fresh tarragon optional
  • 6 cups cooked penne pasta
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups shredded part skim mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup fresh grated parmesan or asiago cheese


  1. Combine the ground beef and sausage meat and brown in a little olive oil in a large saucepan, breaking up the meat into small pieces as it cooks.
  2. To the browned meat add the garlic and onions and cook for another minute until the onions just begin to soften. You can drain off any excess fat at this point.
  3. Add the tomatoes, red pepper, fennel, black pepper, salt, oregano and tarragon. Simmer over low heat for 15-20 minutes.
  4. Add the cooked penne pasta. Transfer the pasta and sauce to a greased lasagne pan. Top with a mixture of the parmesan, cheddar and mozzarella cheeses.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 30 minutes or until the cheese is melted and golden