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