Monday, February 18, 2013

Baked Penne with Sundried Tomato Pesto

I am back from a week long Florida vacation. We had a great time and it was so much fun to see my two year old so excited and absolutely fascinated by Disney World. We had great weather and it was so nice to escape the cold and snow here in Chicago. The week sure did fly though. Now it's back to reality. Sigh. Anyway, I am still really tired and wanted to make something quick and easy for dinner. This baked penne is the perfect weeknight meal. It is hearty and delicious.

Baked Penne with Sundried Tomato Pesto
Serves 6
Cal 236, Fat 8.8g, Carbs 32g, Fiber 4g, Protein 10.3g

8 oz penne pasta (I use Ronzoni)
3 oz cream cheese (I use weight watchers)
1/2 cup sundried tomato pesto
1 cup shredded italian cheese blend (I like Kraft five cheese)
2 tbsp parmesan cheese

In a large pot cook pasta until just short of al dente. Drain and pour into a casserole dish. Add the cream cheese and sundried tomato pesto to the hot pasta and stir well until cream cheese is completely melted. Top with the shredded and parmesan cheeses.

Bake at 375 for 20 minutes or until cheese is lightly browned and bubbly. Enjoy!

This recipe can also be found at this party


  1. This sounds good. Glad you had a good vacation. I would go back to the magic kingdon with my grandkids. It would be fun to watch them.

    We're having a party at Tumbleweed Contessa. This would be a good dish to add to the buffet. I hope you can drop it by.

    Have a wonderful week,

  2. I was wondering where you were last week. I am so glad that it was for a super fun vacation!!! We love hearty Italian dishes like this! Thanks for sharing at Show Me Your Plaid Monday's!

  3. Looks so good! Weeknights are always busy for us and this dish will fit in perfectly with our hectic schedule :)

  4. This recipe sounds so simple, yet I bet the flavours are delicious! Thank you for linking to Simple Supper Tuesday and have a great week!

  5. Can we please talk my husband into liking pesto ... please? I LOVE pesto and he won't go near it. Tough spot to be in.

    This recipe sounds wonderful. Thanks so much for sharing it on Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop! See you next week.

  6. I featured this as one of my favorite pins of the week on Weekly Rays of Sunshine. Hope you will drop by and take a link. Have a great weekend. Linda

  7. This looks absolutely delicious! We are huge pasta fans here. :-) I am so glad you enjoyed your vacation. Disney is even more magical through the eyes of our children. Thanks so much for linking up with "Try a New Recipe Tuesday." I can't wait to see what you share next week. :-)


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