Wednesday, January 19, 2011
At the same time, start a large pot of salted water for your pasta. I apparently didn't take any pictures of that, but that's really not a very interesting step anyway.
I'm sure I've mentioned it before, but I like to buy peppers on sale, cut them into quarters, and freeze them. That way, I always have all the colors on hand, which works out well since greens (the least expensive) are not my favorites.
Carefully pour the meat and tomato mixture over the top.
Toss in the oven and let the cheese get melty.
This is a quick and easy meal that the most picky eater will love. Want to get more veggies into your kids? Covering them with tomato sauce and sprinkling with cheese is a great way to do it! It also reheats well and is a nice leftover meal for at work.
Recipe: Baked Penne
1 lb. ground beef
1/2 an onion, diced
3 garlic cloves
1/2 pepper, diced
salt and pepper, to taste
29 oz. can tomato sauce
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
1/2 lb. (half a box) penne
1/2 c. shredded Parmesan cheese
2 c. shredded mozzarella cheese
In a large frying pan, brown ground beef. Once beef is cooked through, add onion, garlic, pepper, and salt and pepper. Saute until softened.
Add tomato sauce and Italian seasoning to ground beef mixture. Simmer while you wait for the pasta.
In a large pot, heat water until boiling. Salt well. Once water is boiling, add penne. Cook penne until al dente (nearly cooked.) Drain.
Preheat oven to 350F.
Toss penne with ground beef and tomato mixture. Stir in Parmesan cheese.
Pour pasta into a shallow baking dish. Top with mozzarella cheese. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes or until cheese is fully melted. Serve!