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Easy Baked Penne with Italian Bread Crumbs & Parm

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Easy Baked Penne is a super dinner idea for busy households.

Ohmygosh. Hungry kids. Busy mom. It’s back-to-school time and this year it’s a busier season than usual at our house. Stomachs don’t care if I must pick up my boys from three different schools, multiple sport practices and games, or if I need to work extra hours at my day job. It’s still important that the boys and I sit at the table—at the same time—and have dinner together. It’s a good thing I know how to make easy Baked Penne. Thanks to Barilla and Walmart for making it possible and thanks for sponsoring this post!

Easy Baked Penne with Italian Bread Crumbs & Parm

My boys love pasta dishes and I love that pasta makes dinner a quick and easy fix, no matter how many directions we’re going. When I have versatile pasta and sauce in the cupboard, I know I can always pull a meal together that will satisfy everyone.

Baked Penne Ingredients

Barilla Blue Box Penne (enriched with iron and B vitamins and made with non-GMO ingredients!) is perfect for the baked casserole dishes I like to make. I like that their large diameter penne ridges grab the sauce, which I think makes the final dish more flavorful.

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The sauce I’m talking about is Barilla Blue Box Tomato Basil Sauce. It’s preservative and gluten free and it’s also made with high quality, non-GMO ingredients like vine-ripened tomatoes, aromatic herbs, and extra virgin olive oil.

Barilla Tomato Basil Sauce

You can find Barilla products at Walmart. If you don’t have your back-to-school shopping finished, Walmart is a great place to land. They have good prices on school supplies and everyday clothes and it’s really a time saver to be able to pick up groceries at the same time.

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And right now, for every box of Barilla Blue Box pasta purchased at Walmart between 8/10/17-10/31/17, Barilla will donate $1 to No Kid Hungry, up to $50,000. That’s enough to provide 500,000 meals to needy hungry kids!

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No Kid Hungry is a national non-profit that focuses on connecting in-need kids with nutritious food. They also teach families how to cook healthy, affordable meals. Their public education campaign makes ending child hunger a national priority. You can learn more about that at

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Knowing my Barilla Blue Box purchases will help satisfy my own gang and other hungry kids is a terrific feeling. I hate to think of kids going hungry, yet statistics show almost one in six kids in America live in households without consistent access to enough food. That’s 13 million kids!

Best Baked Penne Recipe

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Baked Penne

Hungry kids. Busy moms. Easy Baked Penne is a life saver!

Recipe Baked Penne


Easy Baked Penne with Italian Bread Crumbs & Parm

  • Author: Layne Henderson


  • 2 pounds uncooked, diced chicken breast
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup white wine
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 jar Barilla Tomato and Basil Pasta Sauce
  • 1 pound box Barilla Penne
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella

Bread crumb topping:

  • 1 cup garlic and herb bread crumbs
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 1/3 cup melted butter


1.      Boil penne until slightly undercooked, about 8-10 minutes. When pasta is done, drain; return to pot with 1 cup of pasta sauce.
2.      In a large bowl toss diced chicken, olive oil, white wine, salt, pepper, garlic powder and Italian seasonings.
3.      Preheat a large pan over medium heat and add the chicken.  Cook for 10-12 minutes until chicken starts to brown and liquid cooks off (olive oil should be the only liquid left in pan).
4.      Strain chicken and add to the pasta.  Pour the remaining pasta sauce over the mixture and toss to coat.
5.      Pour half into a 9×13 baking dish; cover the top with 2 cups of mozzarella cheese.
6.      Pour the remaining pasta over the top.
7.      To make the bread crumb topping, pour bread crumbs, parmesan, and mozzarella cheese into a bowl, pour in melted butter; mix until sand-like consistency.
8.      Spread over the top of the pasta and bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes until top is golden brown.

Layne Henderson

Layne is a boy mom in love. Surrounded by three adventurous little men, she's in pursuit of an empty laundry basket, the perfect cup of coffee, and sleep. She blogs, parents, and manages social media while wearing her tiara.