Baked Penne

This old-school style of baked penne—coated with classically spiced red sauce, mozzarella, and Parmesan—is pure comfort food. My nostalgia for it comes straight from Italy, specifically to when my mom made it part of our weekly rotation while we lived in Rome (she learned the recipe from a friend there). It was such a family favorite that she continued to make it even after we moved back to Israel. I’ll always think my mom’s dish is better than anyone’s, including my own, but my version is inspired by hers and floods me with wonderful and vivid childhood memories every time I eat it.

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