Friday, September 16, 2011

Penne Pasta with Meat Sauce

I thought I would share one of my favorite new dishes on my birthday! :) Where did the time go? My birthday snuck up on me :P

I am a big fan of spaghetti and spaghetti-like dishes, if you haven't noticed already.

This one definitely did NOT disappoint. It was fast, easy and I love the meat sauce. I think my husband may like it too because he likes lots of meat in spaghetti sauce!
Penne Pasta with Meat Sauce | A quick, simple dish that's meat sauce is outrageously delicious #recipe #pasta

What you need:
  • 1/2 lb. penne pasta
  • Salt
  • Olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped (I used dried)
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • Red Pepper flakes
  • Dried thyme
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1/2 tsp. dried basil
  • 28 oz. can chunky tomato sauce (original recipe recommends Muir Glen - I agree!)
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1 tbsp. fresh parsley

Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add 1 tbsp. salt and bring back to a boil. 
Add pasta and cook, uncovered, for 8 to 10 minutes. Drain.
While waiting for the water to boil the first time, heat olive oil in a large skillet on medium heat. 
Add chopped onion, Italian seasoning and a dash of red pepper flakes. 
Cook for 5 minutes until onions are soft. Add garlic, dash of thyme, and salt and pepper to taste. 
Cook for 1 minute. Remove and place in a bowl.
In same skillet, cook ground beef, crumbling as it browns. Drain, if needed.

Add cooked onions once beef is no longer pink. Add tomato sauce, basil and sugar. 
Bring to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes, uncovered.
Salt and pepper sauce to taste and stir in cooked penne pasta. 
Serve topped with fresh parsley. (Or in my case with dried!)
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