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Baked Penne with Meat Sauce – Low Calories Recipe

Prep: 30 minutes

Freeze: up to 1 month

Thaw: 24 to 48 hours

Bake: 55 minutes

Oven: 350°F

Makes: Two 6-serving casseroles


  • One pounce dried penne pasta
  • 5-ounce cans no-salt-added diced tomatoes with basil and oregano, undrained
  • One 6-ounce can no-salt-added tomato paste
  • Two-third cup water
  • Two-third cup tomato juice
  • One teaspoon sugar
  • One teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
  • Half teaspoon salt
  • Half teaspoon ground black pepper
  • One pounds extra-lean ground beef
  • One cup chopped onion (1 large)
  • Half cup sliced pitted ripe olives
To serve one casserole:
  • One cup shredded reduced-fat mozzarella cheese (4 ounces)
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– George Herbert
Energy value
  • calories 322 kcal
  • protein 25g
  • fat 7g
  • carbohydrates 39g
  • cholesterol 53mg
  • sodium 334mg
  • dietary fiber 7g


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain well. Set aside.
  2.  Meanwhile, in a medium bowl stir together tomatoes, tomato paste, the water, tomato juice, sugar, oregano, salt, and pepper; set aside.
  3.  In a large skillet cook ground beef and onion over medium heat until meat is brown and onion is tender, using a wooden spoon to break up meat as it cooks.
  4. Drain off fat. Stir tomato mixture into meat mixture in skillet. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 10 minutes. Stir in cooked pasta and olives.
  5.  Divide the pasta mixture between two 3-quart casseroles.
  6. Cover with plastic wrap; cover with heavy foil. Seal, label, and freeze for up to 1 month.
  7. To serve, thaw one casserole in the refrigerator for 24 to 48 hours.
  8. Preheat oven to 350°F. Remove plastic wrap; cover with foil.
  9. Bake about 55 minutes or until heated through, carefully stirring once.
  10. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake, uncovered, about 5 minutes more or until cheese melts.