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One Pan Penne Pasta

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One Pan Penne Pasta

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One Pan Penne Pasta

One Pan Penne Pasta

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.One Pan Penne Pasta 1Cook 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.One Pan Penne Pasta 2In 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.One Pan Penne Pasta 3

Shake the bottle with the pasta water to rinse out the excess of the marinara sauce 

One Pan Penne Pasta 4

And pour into the pan with the hamburger and marinara mixture.  One Pan Penne Pasta 5Reduce 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.One Pan Penne Pasta 6

Carrie Groneman’s recipe

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  1. Cheryl says:

    This loods so yummy, I’m definately gonna try this for family dinner! Thanks for sharing on Cast Party Wednesday! HUGS!

  2. Thanks for this recipe! I just found what I am making for dinner tonight 🙂

  3. This is one my college son will love! I will make it for him when he visits during the Holidays! Thanks for posting on The Four Seasons Blog Hop! Sandra from Scrumptilicious 4 You!

  4. Sharon says:

    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….

  5. Alecia says:

    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! 🙂

  6. I love 1 pan meals!! Hope to see you back over on Tuesday for another great party http://mommyondemand.com/

  7. Catherine says:

    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

  8. 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!

  9. Stephanie says:

    This looks so delicious, I bet my family would LOVE this.

  10. Mmm, I love pasta and your penne looks fabulous! Thanks for sharing at Simple Supper Tuesday.

  11. Thank you so much for sharing with Adorned From Above’s Link Party. We love having your join the fun.
    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above

  12. Thanks so much for linking up this recipe at Tasty Tuesdays last week. I chose to have it be one of my features for this week!! Hope to see you around Tasty Tuesdays over at West Street Story again soon!

  13. Lisa Curcio says:

    Finally…all in one pan! Thank you for sharing this. My life just got easier!!!

  14. Krista Low says:

    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 🙂

  15. Diane Roark says:


    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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