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penne pasta pleasure

(1 rating)
Recipe by
Colleen Sowa
La Crosse, WI

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. We love to Play With Our Food... and hope you will too! ox Play With Your Food !!! xo

(1 rating)
yield 10 - 12
prep time 10 Min
cook time 30 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For penne pasta pleasure

  • 1 lg
    kettle boiling water
  • 1 - 3 tsp
    sea salt
  • 1 lb
    penne pasta
  • 1 lb
    ground beef
  • 1 lg
    onion (diced)
  • 4 clove
    garlic (minced fine)
  • 4 stick
    celery (chopped)
  • 1 lg
    bell pepper (diced)
  • 1 pkg
    (14 ounces or more) frozen meat balls
  • 2 can
    (15 ounces) diced tomatoes
  • 2 qt
    pasta sauce
  • 1 can
    (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.