Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Two Timin’ Pasta

Have you ever eaten at an Italian restaurant and found yourself torn between pasta with alfredo or marinara?!  Ummm…me?!  Not so much.  I’m a marinara girl all the way, but every now and then I like a little alfredo in my life.  I love this pasta because it combines the best of both worlds and ohmiword…it.is.GOOD.  This little pasta bake required all of no time to prep, but tasted like I spent hours in the kitchen. 

TWO TIMIN’ PASTA BAKE

1 box penne pasta

1 (15 oz.) jar Alfredo sauce

1 (24oz.) jar Marinara sauce

2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

1 cup shredded parmesan cheese

 

Cook pasta according to directions and drain.  Mix the sauces together in a large bowl.

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Add the mozzarella and stir to combine.  Then toss in the penne and toss to coat.

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Pour pasta into 9x13 baking dish and cook on 350 for 20-25 minutes or until bubbly.  Remove from oven and sprinkle with shredded parmesan cheese and bake for another 5 minutes. 

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SO yum!!!  We paired ours with a few slices of fresh garlic bread and it was definitely reminiscent of being in a restaurant….with naked kids running through the dining room & chasing each other with legos.  Wow.  TMI.  If you’re looking for an easy weeknight dinner that’s full of flavor, then this is it!!!!

92 comments:

  1. awesome idea!!! my husband and i LOVE a similar dish at the local italian restaurant because we are very much in the middle of the two.

    i LOVE your blog btw. i just started blogging but i've been getting ideas from yours for the past year. my husband knows when it came from your blog because they are always his favorite things! so thankful for this.

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  2. Just moved back to East Texas, but was in Allen for about 18 months. And my favorite place is Joe's Italian Bistro and I love me some Joe's Chicken. Was wondering if that could possibly be what Kelly is referring to. If not, it is still my favorite!!

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    1. Amy you must be referring to chicken vento.has everything like that but has mushrooms and onions.it's .so great ate it everyday.

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  3. This sounds like a great dish. I have made a tomato based cream sauce before and loved it, but your version is much easier and mommy friendly!!

    I love your blog, BTW.

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  4. yum! I made this and posted it to my blog (giving you credit of course) So delicious, it was a crowd pleaser, thanks for the idea!

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  5. I made this last night for dinner and it was delicious! I added chicken and some frozen broccoli to it before I baked it and it really rounded out the meal. I think next time I'll add some more kick to the sauce like red peppers or something like that. We like it spicy around here.

    Thanks for the great recipe!

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    1. Instead of marinara try arriabata sause, its zesty and delicious.

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  6. I added some leftover italian sausages we grilled the night before and it was delish!

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  7. Should you boil the pasta first or put it in the cheese as is and bake it?

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  8. I'm about 99% sure she boiled the pasta first.
    Sounds yummy, planning on making it this week!

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  9. I made this last night! I added a couple dashes of crushed red pepper flakes to my sauce mixture...yum! I had it again for lunch today. Thanks for sharing :)

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  10. I've made this like 5 times since I found the recipe a month ago. It is one of my husband's favorites now. Thanks! Love your blog!

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  11. I love this recipe. Making it tonight for the 2nd time. It's a big hit around here.

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  12. what size box of pasta is used?

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  13. Absolutely delish dish! I added some chicken to it as well..its perfect!

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  14. I just made this for dinner, and it was delicious! The recipe makes a lot of pasta too- I'll have leftovers for days! Yum!

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  15. I made a lighter version of this tonight and YUM!! I used Dreamfield pasta, light alfredo, and 2% cheese. The family loved it! I nice break from the ho hum spaghetti and fettuccine alfredo~

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  16. Made this for dinner tonight and my very picky kids loved it!

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  17. what size of box of penne pasta should be used?? this looks amazing :) cant wait to make it!

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  18. I make a pasta bake where you *don't* have to cook the noodles first. I bet this would work as well. My version is just the Marinara sauce (and then water), but I bet the Alfredo sauce would be a perfect replacement for the water! Other differences, higher temp cooking and covering the dish with foil for the first 35 minutes. (I'm not explaining it very well...you can see it here: http://zimmerzoo.com/2010/02/01/makes-my-monday-family-meals/ )
    I'm TOTALLY trying it with Alfredo sauce!! Thank you :)

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    1. If you put in dry pasta and make it ahead (morning of or night before) the pasta will get soft and bake, then you won't have any of that watery liquid.

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  19. I'm making this for the second time tonight. It is amazing! The first time I made it, my mom came over for dinner and we both ate two servings. Also, it's even better reheated. I can't wait for dinner tonight! Thank you for sharing this recipe!

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  20. This pasta was absolutely scrumptious! I have been looking for a recipe JUST LIKE THIS ONE! Thanks for sharing! I look forward to trying some of your other recipes as well :)

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  21. I made this for dinner tonight and it was SO YUMMY! Even my dad ate it and he hates all things pasta and italian. And really easy. AWESOME!

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  22. Great recipe! Easy to make and tastes good too. I will be making this more often. The whole family loves it.

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  23. This recipe was delicious. I added the pepper flakes as suggested above and also a bag of cooked crumbled Jimmy Dean sausage.

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  24. Trying this tonight.. Thanks for the recipe!!

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  25. I want to make this for a friend as a freezer meal, have you ever frozen it or do you think it would freeze well?

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    1. I freezemeals a lot...I'd do everything up until the baking part.when you pull it put either thaw in fridge or put into the oven and bake a little longer!

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  26. anyone that used chicken, how long and what temp did you bake it?

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    1. I would cook the chicken first, then cook it the same temp and same amount of time.

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  27. Wow. This was many things...super cheap, super fast to throw together and super delicious! Tastes like restaurant quality!!! I used bertoli Alfredo and bertoli olive oil and garlic marinara so that have it a nice kick ;) thank you do much!!! Now into my rotation!!!!

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  28. cant wait to try this. i am a total alfredo girl, but my boyfriend prefers marinara sauce.

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  29. This was amazing!! So pleased with how it came out :) Thank you for sharing

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  30. This was super easy and delicious!!! Not the most figure flattering type meal but worth the splurge!! I used whole grain penne(didnt even taste a difference!!) and added some sauteed mushrooms and chicken! Delish! Thanks for the recipe!

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  31. Just found your blog. Great recipes and going to try this tonight.
    Are you also blogging on spoonsfulloflove? Found the same entry there.

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  32. Just found your blog. Great recipes and going to try this tonight.
    Are you also blogging on spoonsfulloflove? Found the same entry there.

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  33. I made this last night and it was sooo good!! I used 3 cups of mozzarella cheese and cut up pepperoni slices. So yummy! I baked it for 20 minutes then sprinkled more mozzarella on top and baked it for another five minutes. My fiancee is really picky about recipes I find online and even he went back for seconds! Thanks for a great recipe!

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  34. I cooked this tonight! We loved it. Thanks for sharing.

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  35. I just found your recipe on Pinterest and now know what I'm making for dinner tonight. Yum!

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  36. Is this two timing sauce similar to a "vodka" sauce???

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  37. I made this once already, but I sometimes wanted some "meat" so i thought what if i add a spicy Chicken sausage to it... Trying it out tonight... but I having a feeling it still will be yummy!

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  38. Made this today and it was great.... I paired it with Bang Bang Shrimp.

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  39. I made this tonight and LOVED it! Thanks!! Repinning now!

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  40. Oh, this sounds so good! (And simple! I LOVE simple!) Going to give it a try later in the week. Thanks!

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  41. Totally trying this! It's making so so hungry just looking at it :)

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  42. This was such a hit with my 4 kids and husband. Thanks for sharing.

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  43. This was such a hit with my 4 kids and husband. Thanks for sharing.

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  44. I made this tonight for dinner and added some Italian meatballs. Oh my word! It was amazing. Definitely going to be a regular in the meal planning!!

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  45. We are eating this right now and its amazing!! Kids are on thirds!! :)
    Thanks for sharing!!

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  46. We are eating this right now and its amazing!! Kids are on thirds!! :)
    Thanks for sharing!!

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  47. Do you bake the chicken, cut it up and add to meal before baking or after and how much pasta? Cant wait to make this! :)

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  48. I just made this today and it was AWESOME!!!
    Thank you

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  49. Making this for the second time tonight. My picky eaters loved it the first time!!

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  50. The recipe says one box of penne pasta, so I'm assuming whatever the regular size is at your local store. I think when I looked last, it was around 13oz's but don't hold me to it! Anyways! Looking forward to trying this later in the evening with salad before hand then yummy meatballs added in. If it's a hit, I plan to try it with Jimmy Dean's hot sausage (cooked and crumbled before mixed in) for a kick. Thank you!!

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  51. Made this tonight and it's a definite hit for my family. Added 2 cups of cooked chicken and it was fabulous. Thanks for sharing :)

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  52. I'm making this tonight for my sweetie! I'm super excited, I found this on Pinterest. Thanks!

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  53. I make mine just like that but i use cheese tortellini

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  54. Has anyone tried freezing this? I'm thinking of making a few (up until the oven part) and freezing them, so I can just take them out and pop one in the oven. Has anyone tried that, and how did it turn out?

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  55. This recipe sounds super simple, yummym and relatively easy on my pregnant swollen feet SO I'm making this tonight! I plan on putting in some italian sausage and broccoli.

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  56. I have to say this is my favorite dish at Olive Garden. I always plan on saving half and make myself sick eating the whole thing lol. Its delicious! Gunna have to try this.

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  57. I've been making something similar from a cookbook. I love the alfredo and marinara together, we haven't added the parm though.

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  58. I tried this today and it was sooooo amazing, it was a win in my family. Ill be making it for kids for a birthday party soon!


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  59. New family favorite and it fills 3 teenage boys' bellies! Aces!

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  60. Just made this recipe for dinner. SOOOO yummy!!!

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  61. I just made this and I added some pepperoni to it and it was amazing!

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  62. This is my second time making this dish and tonight I think I will add chicken and a dash of pepper flakes. We love this pasta! Thanks for sharing!!!!

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  63. just made it and eating it now with cheese breaksticks. My little boys love it!!! Sooooo good!!!

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  64. I m eating this right now and love it! I love that you can make this so many different ways! Great job

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  65. I m eating this right now and love it! I love that you can make this so many different ways! Great job

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  66. Making this as I type! Can't wait to see how it turns out!! its so simple to make whichis always a plus in my book!

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  67. Wow! Tasty and Easy, my kind of dish. Thanks for sharing :-)!

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  68. Made this last night (I added kilbasa sausage) and it was super easy and yummy. I like it better today, then I did last night. Thanks for sharing this easy recipe.

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  69. This is absolutely delicious!! My WHOLE family agrees, which is awesome!! :) Thanks so much for sharing!

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  70. My husband and I loved this! We sauted some shrimp in garlic and butter, then added it before baking... SO good. Thanks!

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  71. this looks like something my family would love, totally just removed the "whats for dinner" decison out of my head for the day. I've never purchased alfredo sauce so this will be a first for us.
    BTW I LOVE your blog title! very clever and definately, we are kindred spirits!

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  72. Ever since I found your recipe I make it ALL THE TIME! I always used to order this from Olive Garden, so now I get to try new dishes there since I get to make this at home. Everyone I've made it for loves it as well. Amazing!

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  73. My favorite homemade dish. I use spaghetti sauce and it tastes just as great! I also make my own Alfredo and spaghetti sauce.
    I love love love love love this recipe!!!

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  74. I made this when my parents came over for dinner. I made my own alfredo sauce and mixed it with a jar of marinara. It was really popular!

    I blogged about making this on my website at
    http://bloginspiredcooking.blogspot.com/2013/06/two-timin-pasta-sauce.html

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  75. Thank you so much for sharing! I've made this several times now and we love it. I love that you don't have to include a meat (although, you could if you wanted), it's super easy, and super filling! We always have an open jar of each sauce in our fridge and this is a great way to use them up. Thank you again!

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  76. Do you think this would freeze well? I am making meals for a family and trying to give them a good variety.

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  77. Made this a few weeks ago for our church potluck. NOTHING was left of it and I even doubled the recipe and added meatballs! Everyone raved about it and wanted the recipe!

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  78. I love this half and half! I use Classico Alfredo and Prego three cheese instead. Also, you must try the Buitoni fresh linguini with it, mmmmmm!

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  79. We have made this a couple of times now! Perfect for busy nights! We added meat to ours too because it's more filling for my boyfriend that way. But it's definitely on our weekly rotation. Thanks for sharing!

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  80. LOVE LOVE LOVE this recipe! I've made it several times now and a bunch of my friends make it now too. I always add Jimmy Dean precooked sausage crumbles and sometimes I add in Ricotta cheese as well! YUMMY!! Thanks to you for this recipe and thanks to Pinterest for letting me find it!

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  81. I made this tonight with garlic bread. It was so good. Thanks for the recipe!

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  82. Great recipe!! Even my picky 12 year old son loved it! His favorite is the Baked Ziti recipe I make, but he informed me that he just might like this recipe better. Personally, I like mine a little spicy so I add crushed red pepper to my own plate. YUM!
    Thanks for sharing....I've already shared your recipe with many friends and family.

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  83. I will be making this recipe for the second time tonight, this time for guests:) my husband and I absolutely loved it! Thank you!!

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  84. Try adding a pound of Italian sausage to it. This is our family's favorite meal. We have it like once a month and it rocks. Thanks!

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  85. Making this tonight for the family, it sounds delicious

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  86. Making this tonight for the family, it sounds delicious

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