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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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16 replies
  1. Sharon
    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….

  2. Alecia
    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! 🙂

  3. says:

    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!

  4. Krista Low
    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 🙂

  5. Diane Roark
    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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