Baked Penne Bolognese Casserole

The red wine absolutely makes this wonderful Italian-style casserole.

Baked Penne Bolognese Casserole


  • 1 pound dry penne pasta, prepared according to package directions
  • 8 ounces lean ground beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 (12 ounce) can tomato paste
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup dry red wine or 1/3 cup water
  • 4 teaspoons beef flavor instant bouillon
  • 1 tablespoon dried Italian herb seasoning
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese or your favorite cheese


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Combine beef, onion and garlic in large saucepan; cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, for 5 to 6 minutes or until beef is no longer pink.
  3. Drain. Stir in tomato paste, water, milk, wine, bouillon and Italian herb seasoning; cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 to 15 minutes or until flavors are blended.
  4. Layer ingredients as follows in 13 x 9-inch baking dish: half of pasta, half of sauce and half of cheese. Repeat layers; cover.
  5. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until heated through.

Yield: 6-8 servings

Recipe and photo used with permission from: Nestlé and

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