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5 from 4 votes

High Protein Italian Pasta Bake

A delicious, cheesy comfort food classic, modified for more protein and less calories. Recipe from Tom Venuto's Burn the Fat Feed the Muscle Blog (www.BurnTheFatBlog.com)
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: baked pasta, high-protein pasta, Italian pasta bake, protein pasta
Servings: 5
Calories: 464kcal


  • Lodge 13" Casserole Dish


  • 20 oz 96% fat-free ground beef (567g)
  • 24 oz Pasta sauce (680g)
  • 6 oz protein penne pasta (barilla) (= approx 3 cups cooked)
  • 2 tsp salt (for pasta water)
  • 1/2 tsp salt & pepper (for beef/casserole)
  • 8 oz sliced mushrooms (227g)
  • 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning (or to taste)
  • 1 Tbsp Minced garlic (about 3 cloves)
  • 1 Cup mozzarella, low-fat, shredded
  • 1/4 Cup parmesan, reduced fat


  • Heat oven to 375
  • Cook pasta according to package instructions. Optional: Salt water
  • In a large skillet or in casserole dish, cook ground beef on medium high until browned. Add garlic. Season with salt and pepper. About 4-5 minutes. Drain
  • If you used a skillet, transfer beef to a 9 X 13 baking dish
  • Add the cooked pasta, pasta sauce, mushrooms, and the Italian seasoning to the dish. Stir to mix
  • Top with low fat parmesan cheese and low fat mozzarella cheese
  • Bake 20 minutes or until cooked through
  • Optional: garnish with fresh chopped parsley or basil


Calories: 464kcal | Carbohydrates: 42.4g | Protein: 43.7g | Fat: 13.1g