Cheesy Meaty Penne. Most of my friends are meat-eaters. By this, we mean… if it doesn’t have meat in it, it’s not dinner! In my parents’ home growing up, we had many entrees that were meatless, just by coincidence – not using fake meat, but just because the dish didn’t need meat to be good and balanced.
So, I’ve been working hard at adapting many things to my cooking. One of our go-to meals is something with ground meat and pasta, cooked in a pan. But I had some spaghetti sauce languishing in the pantry and wanted to use it up. This Easy One-Pan Cheesy Meaty Penne was the result of wanting to use (vegetarian) spaghetti sauce. So, here we go.
Easy One-Pan Cheesy Meaty Penne
- ½ pound ground beef (minced beef)
- ¾ pound penne pasta
- ½ can Marinara sauce (tomatoes, garlic, herbs, and onions – pasta sauce in southern hemisphere for Italian seafood dish) - Hunt's Garlic and Herb, my favorite and low sugar
- 1 medium yellow onion
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder - to taste
- ½ teaspoon chili flakes (chilli flakes in British English) - to taste
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper - to taste
- 2 slices provolone cheese
- ¼ cup Mozzarella cheese
- ¼ cup parmesan cheese
- First, I browned the ground beef with the onion and started cooking the penne in a different pan. (Follow package instructions for pasta, and taste when it gets close so that you stop cooking at your favorite desired tenderness level).
- Next, when the meat was cooked and the onions were very soft, I added half a can of spaghetti sauce and spices.
- I simmered this until the pasta was almost done. Next, I added all the cheeses, except for half of the parmesan.
- After all the cheese was smoothly melted and the pasta was cooked, I stirred in the pasta and topped it with the remaining parmesan. Bon Appetit!