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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★★★★★ 1 vote
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


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

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

    *** 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
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids, Healthy