Penne Pasta Pleasure

Colleen Sowa


Penne Pasta Pleasure.... for sure!
Pleasure to make and eat!
This is a recipe that is easy and tastes so good!

I like to put plenty of meat and vegetables in the sauce, which makes this hearty dish a bit healthier!

As usual, my grandchildren helped develop this recipe with me. They loved the finished product and want it again tomorrow!

This is a semi-homemade recipe. We used some canned and frozen ingredients to make the sauce and meatballs. This is a time saver.

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10 - 12
10 Min
30 Min
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1 large
kettle boiling water
1 - 3 tsp
sea salt
1 lb
penne pasta


1 lb
ground beef
1 large
onion (diced)
4 clove
garlic (minced fine)
4 stick
celery (chopped)
1 large
bell pepper (diced)
1 pkg
(14 ounces or more) frozen meat balls
2 can(s)
(15 ounces) diced tomatoes
2 qt
pasta sauce
1 can(s)
(10 -12 ounces) tomatoe soup
2 tsp
garlic powder
2 tsp
basil, dried


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1Start browning the ground beef. Add the garlic, onion, pepper and celery. Cook until meat is browned.

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2Stirring and turning.

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3Don't burn, cook over medium heat.

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4Add still frozen meatballs on top of other ingredients. Cooking and stirring until meatballs are thawed, browned a bit, and heated through.

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5Pour diced tomatoes, tomato soup and pasta sauce into pan. Add the spices. Stirring.

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6When all mixed, simmer until the pasta is cooked (about 10 minutes).

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7Slice a large zucchini lengthwise, use a spoon to scrape down the middle to remove the seeds.

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8Chop up the zucchini into desired size pieces.

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9Add the chopped zucchini to sauce, stirring and simmering until pasta is cooked.

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10While preparing the sauce, start kettle of water on high heat and bring to rolling boil. Add sea salt.

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11Put penne pasta into kettle.

*** I always.... make double the pasta and cool and refrigerate for use during the week.

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12Cook pasta al dente.

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13Add pasta to sauce and gently stir to coat with the sauce.

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14Put into bowls.

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*** Garlic bread and salad are lovely with this.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Pasta
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: Italian
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids, Healthy