Baked Penne Rigate

Baked Penne Rigate is a recipe I make using my leftover “Sunday Sauce” when I make spaghetti. If the sauce is frozen, I unthaw it either all day in the refrigerator, or if it’s last minute, in the microwave while the pasta is boiling.
As you can see, I use one container of my spaghetti sauce, and one box on Penne Rigate.
I boil the pasta, and then pour it into my baking dish.

I pour the spaghetti sauce over the pasta and stir.
I cover the pan with foil, and bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Some people wonder why I cover it with foil, and it’s because the pasta will get hard and dried out if it’s not covered.
Then add some Mozzarella Cheese to the top (sorry the pic is blurry:/) I don’t put the foil back on top, because if you do, the cheese will stick to the foil.
Then I place it back in the oven for about 5 minutes, just so the cheese can melt.
Next, I slice a loaf of Italian Bread in half and top it with butter and garlic salt (or powder) and bake it for about 10 minutes. If you have extra cheese, consider adding it to the bread for cheesy bread. You could also add various herbs or spices, whatever your tastes prefer.

Finally, serve it on a plate, perhaps topping with Parmesean Cheese, to a hungry and waiting family.

Because it’s made with leftover spaghetti sauce, it’s a very quick and easy weeknight dinner for me to make when we are busy!

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28 Comments to "Baked Penne Rigate"

  1. Ms. B's Gravatar Ms. B
    October 5, 2012 - 2:38 pm | Permalink

    Unthaw? You use it frozen? Sorry I got confused, looks delish though.

  2. Lisa Brown's Gravatar Lisa Brown
    October 7, 2012 - 12:18 pm | Permalink

    I sometimes just combine many leftovers and make a casserole

  3. Sandy VanHoey's Gravatar Sandy VanHoey
    October 7, 2012 - 2:28 pm | Permalink

    I tend to make casseroles often with leftovers

  4. Jill H.'s Gravatar Jill H.
    October 7, 2012 - 2:53 pm | Permalink

    I love to use leftovers in casseroles, salads or omelettes depending on what they are.

  5. Stephanie's Gravatar Stephanie
    October 7, 2012 - 3:21 pm | Permalink

    i make casseroles with my leftovers

  6. Kimberly Davis's Gravatar Kimberly Davis
    October 8, 2012 - 12:41 am | Permalink

    If the food is already good I love them second time around as is.

  7. Laurie Harrison's Gravatar Laurie Harrison
    October 8, 2012 - 6:23 am | Permalink

    I fry my leftover spaghetti! Add some cheesy topping. It is crispy like on the outside. Really quite tasty.

  8. Crystal Lane's Gravatar Crystal Lane
    October 8, 2012 - 6:36 am | Permalink

    I usually done have left overs either .But when my mom has leftover potatoes she makes homemade potatoe pancakes.

  9. Keisa Rogers's Gravatar Keisa Rogers
    October 8, 2012 - 9:45 am | Permalink

    I usually make casseroles with my left overs

    October 8, 2012 - 11:51 am | Permalink

    I like to fry leftover pasta!! Fried spaghetti is better than the first meal!

  11. Karen Medlin's Gravatar Karen Medlin
    October 8, 2012 - 12:23 pm | Permalink

    on dishes the family like.. i make a double batch and put in the freezer for another meal.. if I have just a little left over. it goes in hubby lunch or lunch for the kids if they are home

  12. ANN*H's Gravatar ANN*H
    October 8, 2012 - 1:44 pm | Permalink

    If we have left over chicken breasts we usually make chicken salad or we do chicken, tomatoes, cheese and onion or peppers in a tortilla shell and warm them up abit

  13. Jennifer Johansen's Gravatar Jennifer Johansen
    October 8, 2012 - 5:20 pm | Permalink

    I usually put leftovers either in a stir fry or a soup.

  14. Lanie K.'s Gravatar Lanie K.
    October 8, 2012 - 9:58 pm | Permalink

    I honestly dont have a special thing I do with them. I just put them in tupperware and eat it another time. lol

  15. October 8, 2012 - 11:29 pm | Permalink

    I don’t really have anything special I normally do with leftovers besides just eat them! :)

  16. Cindy Merrill's Gravatar Cindy Merrill
    October 9, 2012 - 1:32 am | Permalink

    My favorite way to use leftovers is to wisk them in a food processer, then use the thick mixture to enrich a stew or soup; I use my crockpot almost constantly this time of year.

  17. Karen's Gravatar Karen
    October 9, 2012 - 7:04 am | Permalink

    Depending on what’s left over I will freeze for a meal later, make soups, pizza or stir fries.

  18. Bee C.'s Gravatar Bee C.
    October 9, 2012 - 12:19 pm | Permalink

    I make a lot of shredded chicken, and use it for enchiladas or pasta.

  19. Stacey Roberson's Gravatar Stacey Roberson
    October 10, 2012 - 11:30 am | Permalink

    My husband usually takes leftovers to work the next day. So I end up cooking most nights.

  20. October 10, 2012 - 12:01 pm | Permalink

    Favorite way to use up leftovers? Tell my son and his team mates to have at it! It’s gone in .5 seconds flat ;)

  21. Sarah L's Gravatar Sarah L
    October 11, 2012 - 7:31 pm | Permalink

    Many of our leftovers end up in omelets.

  22. Michelle Spayde's Gravatar Michelle Spayde
    October 13, 2012 - 11:17 am | Permalink

    Yum! Is your “Sunday sauce” made from scratch?

    • Michelle Spayde's Gravatar Michelle Spayde
      October 13, 2012 - 11:19 am | Permalink

      We rarely have leftovers, but I’d love to have a good sauce handy for quick meals!

  23. October 14, 2012 - 12:43 am | Permalink

    I rarely make up something else from my leftovers. I do like to make a roast though and then use the meat later for shredded beef tacos

  24. Mya Murphy's Gravatar Mya Murphy
    October 14, 2012 - 1:06 pm | Permalink

    just reheat for lunch…lol

  25. Ellen Levickis's Gravatar Ellen Levickis
    October 14, 2012 - 6:26 pm | Permalink

    I just reheat our leftovers, if any. I try really hard to make only enough for one meal. It’s just DH and I at home now and the leftovers can accumulate fast.

    I see someone else does what my mom does – fry spaghetti to reheat it! Awesome!

  26. Emily W's Gravatar Emily W
    October 14, 2012 - 8:08 pm | Permalink

    Leftover stale bread is really good for making French toast. It works best with thick,crusty bread, and it’s best the next morning.

  27. Michelle S's Gravatar Michelle S
    October 14, 2012 - 9:25 pm | Permalink

    I *hate* leftovers. I make my husband take them to work so I make sure to make something good for “leftovers”.

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