Penne Lasagna – A Mother’s Special

*Picture May Be Coming*

Hey! We’re finally back with another Recipe! This time, we’re going to have Ryan attempt to create Penne Lasagna! And yes, my Mom gave us this one. She gave us a lot of these over time obviously, since everyone lets me do the Recipes.

tsp = teaspoon

Tbsp = Tablespoon

lbs = Pounds

Mince = chop into very small pieces

Diced = You chop the thing into roughly square like shapes

Cubed = Actually what it says, cut the ingredients into rough cubes, much bigger than diced

Sliced = Cut into thin broad strips (usually circles)

Chopped = to cut into small pieces with repeated blows

Al Dente = Pasta and/or Vegetables, Rice or Beans that are cooked to be firm to the bite. – Another way to put it is that it’s cooked but not fully cooked

Saute = cook with oil

Fold = Mix the ingredients by scooping the bottom of the mix onto the top of the mix.

Reserve = Hold on/Don’t discard. Usually a liquid that is normally considered waste.




  1. 1.5 lbs of Ground Beef (Lean so 80/20 [20% fat)
  2. Half of a Large Onion – Chopped
  3. Half of an Orange or Red Bell Pepper – Chopped
  4. 2 Large Carrots
  5. 1 tsp of Salt – Also Salt to taste
  6. 1.5 tsp of Dry Oregano
  7. 1 Can of Stewed Dice Tomatoes
  8. 1 Box of Penne Noodles – 1lb
  9. 1 Jar of Prego Mushroom Sauce [Mushroom flavored spaghetti sauce]
  10. 1/2 Cup of Parmesan Cheese
  11. 1 Cup of Grated Mozzarella Cheese
  12. Olive Oil

Necessary Equipment

  • 2 Medium pots
  • Lasagna Pan
  • Oven – Heated to 375 Degrees Fahrenheit (350 Degrees Fahrenheit for Convection)
  • Measure Utensils
  • PAM/Non-Stick Spray


Part 1 – The Meat Sauce

  1. Spice the ground beef with salt and oregano
  2. Saute the ground beef in the medium pot until brown
  3. Add the onion, bell pepper, carrots, and onions to the meat.
  4. Cook for 5 minutes.
  5. Add the Can of Stewed Diced Tomatoes and Spaghetti Sauce.
  6. Cook for 20 minutes with cover on. Stir Occasionally.

Part 2 – The Noodles

  1. Boil the Penne Noodles for 6 minutes in salted water
  2. Drain and add a small amount of Olive Oil to prevent sticking

Part 3 – Building the Lasagna

  1. Spray Pam on the Lasagna Pan
  2. Layer 1: Add about 1/3rd the Meat Sauce, make sure to coat the bottom
  3. Layer 2: Add 1/2 the Penne
  4. Layer 3: Add about 1/3rd the Meat Sauce and sprinkle 1/2 the Mozzarella Cheese on top
  5. Layer 4: Add the Remaining 1/2 of Penne
  6. Layer 5: Add the last remaining 1/3rd the Meat Sauce and sprinkle the Parmesan Cheese on top
  7. Bake for 20 mins
  8. Remove from the Oven and sprinkle the remaining 1/2 of the Mozzarella Cheese
  9. Bake for 10 more minutes