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
Stove Top



  • 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

How to Make Penne Pasta Pleasure


  1. Start browning the ground beef. Add the garlic, onion, pepper and celery. Cook until meat is browned.
  2. Stirring and turning.
  3. Don't burn, cook over medium heat.
  4. Add still frozen meatballs on top of other ingredients. Cooking and stirring until meatballs are thawed, browned a bit, and heated through.
  5. Pour diced tomatoes, tomato soup and pasta sauce into pan. Add the spices. Stirring.
  6. When all mixed, simmer until the pasta is cooked (about 10 minutes).
  7. Slice a large zucchini lengthwise, use a spoon to scrape down the middle to remove the seeds.
  8. Chop up the zucchini into desired size pieces.
  9. Add the chopped zucchini to sauce, stirring and simmering until pasta is cooked.
  10. While preparing the sauce, start kettle of water on high heat and bring to rolling boil. Add sea salt.
  11. Put penne pasta into kettle.

    *** I always.... make double the pasta and cool and refrigerate for use during the week.
  12. Cook pasta al dente.
  13. Add pasta to sauce and gently stir to coat with the sauce.
  14. Put into bowls.
  15. Serve.

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

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About Penne Pasta Pleasure

Course/Dish: Pasta
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: Italian

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