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Penne Bake

Easy Penne Bake

Instead of baked ziti, try Penne Bake.  Very similar but the secret to this recipe is the quark cheese.  Quark tastes like a cross between Greek yogurt and cottage cheese.  It is very creamy and smooth and gives this pasta bake the perfect texture.  

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  • 8Servings


  • 1 (16-ounce) package penne pasta
  • 2 (8-ounce) containers soft cream cheese
  • 1 (24-ounce) jar premium store-bought or homemade marinara sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning blend
  • 8 slices Mozzarella cheese


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  2. Boil penne for 10 minutes and drain. Penne should still have a bite to it as it will be baked and cooked further.
  3. While penne is cooking, combine quark, marinara sauce and seasoning in a 9- x 13-inch baking dish. Add ¼ cup water to marinara jar to remove all remaining sauce and pour into baking dish.
  4. Preheat oven to 425°F
  5. Mixed drained penne into baking dish with prepared sauce.
  6. Top with sliced cheese.
  7. Bake, uncovered at 425°F for 15 to 20 minutes, until cheese is bubbly.