• Serves 5
  • 30 minutes
  • Difficulty Easy
  • 10 Ingredients
  • Love


This quick Penne Pasta Bake is an all time favourite in our house! The flavours are delicious and the melted cheese has everyone coming back for more!

Penne pasta is a cylinder shaped pasta – between 4 – 6cm long with each end cut diagonally.  Penne is the plural form of the Italian word penna (meaning feather but pen as well).  When penne pasta was first created, it was apparently intended to look like a fountain pen (which was a very desirable type of writing implement at the time).  Well well … who knew?!

Penne Pasta is such an awesome type of pasta for a few reasons:

  • It settles into a bowl beautifully – making a big meal that feeds everyone easily.
  • It collects the flavours of the sauces inside and out – making every mouthful a flavour burst.
  • It cooks relatively quickly
  • Penne Pasta is perfect for toddlers too – easy to pick up and easy to eat (no long pieces of spaghetti getting stuck in their throat)!

A pasta bake is a super easy way to satisfy a crowd too – and you can relax with everyone while it’s baking away in the oven.

If you’re a Pasta Bake fan, whether it’s a penne pasta bake or another type of pasta, you might like to check out some of these other recipes:


Ingredients (serves 5)

  • 400g Cooked Roast chicken shredded
  • 200g Grated Cheese
  • 200g Chopped Mushrooms
  • 2tbl butter
  • 2tbl plain flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • dash pepper
  • 250ml Milk
  • 400g Bow pasta
  • handful basil for top


  1. Bechemal Sauce Melt the butter in a small, heavy saucepan over low heat. Whisk the flour into the melted butter. Add the salt and freshly ground black pepper. Cook over low heat, stirring, for at least 2 minutes to minimize "flour" taste. Slowly add 1 cup of milk, stirring constantly. Continue cooking slowly until smooth and thickened.
  2. Boil water and add pasta bows then once cooked strain
  3. In an ovenproof dish: layer pasta, mushrooms,chicken, cheese, sauce, and sprinkle cheese ontop. Bake in oven for 20mins 180 degrees C Top with fresh basil Enjoy

  • I like a quick recipe for dinner


  • Great idea for dinner. Thank you for sharing


  • We love penne and I am always on the look out for different recipes to try – thank you.


  • Sounds good! A delicious bake for a cold winter’s night.


  • A brilliant recipe idea and looks so tasty.


  • Next time there is leftover roast chicken definitely making this.


  • Mmmm, can’t beat a yummy pasta dish for a quick n healthy meal that everyone loves


  • Definitely a pasta recipe l will love to try,thanks!


  • This photo looks so delicious!! I’d add more veggies too as I love big meals but pasta is so calorie dense


  • Yum this does sound delicious, thanks for sharing.


  • WHat great meal idea. I’d add some more chopped up veggies and have for meals over the week. Any one know if this freezes well?


  • We love to eat a lot of pasta – good on the budget and fills tummies.
    Thanks for your penne pasta recipe – sounds terrific!


  • we live on pasta bake here!


  • A delicious easy meal that the whole family will love. Thanks for the recipe.


  • Family favourite recipe.


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