One Pan Penne Pasta

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    Here’s a dish that easy, fast, eco­nom­i­cal and healthy. If you’re in a rush for din­ner, this is a per­fect solution. 

   Serve with some bread and fruit on the side, and your fam­ily is fed in a hurry — sat­is­fied and full.



One Pan Penne Pasta


14 oz. uncooked penne pasta, choose one that is high in fiber and pro­tein

1 med. onion, chopped

1 Tbl. gar­lic, minced

1/2 — 1 lb. lean hamburger

2 tsp. Ital­ian seasoning

1 tsp. basil

1/2 tsp. Mon­treal Steak Seasoning

1/2 tsp. smoked paprika, optional

1 tsp. bal­samic vinegar

14–18 oz. mari­nara sauce

8 oz. can tomato sauce

14 oz. diced toma­toes, roasted if avail­able

9–12 oz. fresh spinach, optional

1– 1/2 cup cheese, shred­ded, ched­dar, moz­zarella or mixed



Cook pasta accord­ing to direc­tions, but al dente; add in spinach last 1 minute of cook­ing if using.DSC_2064Cook for 2–3 min­utes until spinach begins to wilt.  Scoop out approx­i­mately 1/2 cup of the pasta water. Drain the spinach into a colan­der.  DSC_2065In same pan that you had just cooked the spinach in, over medium heat, add the ham­burger and onion; sauté until done, then add in gar­lic. Drain off any fat.

To the ham­burger mix­ture,  add the Ital­ian sea­son­ing, basil, Mon­treal Steak sea­son­ing, smoked paprika, bal­samic vine­gar, mari­nara sauce, tomato sauce and diced toma­toes.  Pour approx­i­mately 1/4 cup of the pasta water into the empty mari­nara sauce bottle.  DSC_2068

Shake the bot­tle with the pasta water to rinse out the excess of the mari­nara sauce and pour into the pan with the ham­burger and mari­nara mixture. 

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Reduce heat and sim­mer 10 min­utes to allow sea­son­ings to hydrate and sauce to marry fla­vors.

Then, gen­tly stir in the penne pasta and cheese and heat through.  Serve hot.DSC_2072Car­rie Groneman’s recipe


Rec­og­nize a bless­ing and be a bless­ing today.

16 thoughts on “One Pan Penne Pasta

  1. I love this! I like the idea of adding in the spinach. Spinach is a favorite of mines. I don’t usu­ally cook with Penne pasta, but this def­i­nitely looks heart­warm­ing and filling.…

  2. This looks so good and easy! Thank you for link­ing up to Tasty Tues­days. As one of the co-host, I would like to fea­ture your recipe next week on my site, Detours in Life for Tasty Tues­days. Please stop by and grab a but­ton on Tuesday! :)

  3. Dear Car­rie, This looks com­fort­ing and deli­cious! I love how easy it is too…perfect week night meal. Just stop­ping by from Best of the Wknd. Bless­ings, Catherine

  4. Hi Car­rie! So glad I found your site via the Mar­velous Mon­day link party at Fru­gal Foodie Mama! Love recipes that require only one pot or pan! Every­thing in this dishes is a win­ner in my book! I’ll be fol­low­ing you on Pin­ter­est and Face­book and sub­scrib­ing!
    Have a fab-u-licious day and Lais­sez les bons temps rouler!

  5. This dish looks amaz­ing! I love the spices and the vine­gar would add a nice lit­tle kick! Thanks for shar­ing :) And Con­grat­u­la­tions on your new Cook­book! That’s super exciting :)

  6. Car­rie,

    I love all the dif­fer­ent ingre­di­ents in this pasta, espe­cially the spinach. Thanks for stop­ping by and link­ing up with Sat­ur­day Dishes. I pinned this.
    Diane Roark

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