Penne Pasta with Hearty Meat Sauce (30 Minute Meal)

Penne Pasta with Hearty Meat Sauce (30 Minute Meal)
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I love a good skillet recipe, especially when the whole dish can be prepared in just the one pan. Less mess, less dishes to wash…it’s a good thing. This wonderful (30 minute!) Penne Pasta with Hearty Meat Sauce is my latest attempt at the one skillet meal and it turned out fabulously. My family loved it, and I loved the ease of it all. The sauce has a wonderful, rich Italian flavor and the pasta cooks right in the sauce. Bonus! No need to cook it separately.

Hope you give it a try, gang!

30 Minute Penne Pasta with Hearty Meat Sauce from Jamie Cooks It Up!Let me show you how to make it happen…

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1. Chop 1 small onion and mince 3 cloves of garlic.
2. Heat a deep skillet up over medium high heat. You’ll want to be sure to use a skillet that is wide and deep. I used one that is 3 inches deep and 11 1/2 inches wide. You also want to be sure it is oven safe. I picked my skillet up at Costco, the brand is T-Fal.
3. Add 1 pound pork sausage and the onions and garlic to the hot pan. Allow the sausage to brown and the onions to become translucent. Should only take about 5 minutes.
4. Drain the grease from the pan.

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5. Add 3 (14.5 ounce) cans of Italian Style Diced Tomatoes (un-drained), 2 (8 ounce) cans of tomato sauce, 1 tsp Italian seasoning, 1 tsp fennel, 1 tsp oregano, 1 Tb beef bullion granules, 1 Tb lemon juice, 1 Tb balsamic vinegar, 1/2 C hot water, 1/4 tsp salt and 1/8 tsp pepper.

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Give it all a nice stir to combine and bring it to a simmer.

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6. Grab a (1 pound) box of penne pasta. We are only going to use half of this box.

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When the sauce is simmering nicely, pour half of the box of pasta into the hot sauce. Pretty, isn’t it. 🙂 Give the pasta a stir to incorporate it into the sauce.

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7. Bring the sauce back to a simmer, cover the pan and let it cook for 7-8 minutes…

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Or, until the pasta has cooked through. Be carefully not to let it over cook. You don’t want the pasta to be too soggy.

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8. Turn your oven to broil.
9. Sprinkle the pan with 2 C mozzarella cheese and 1/2 C parmesan cheese. Pop it into the oven for 2-3 minutes (please, oh please make sure your pan is oven safe) so the cheese can melt and get golden brown on top. Be super careful to watch it. It will melt quickly.

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Should look like this. Allow it to sit for about 5 minutes then serve and enjoy!

Skillet Penne Pasta with Hearty Meat Sauce (30 Minute Meal)

Here’s the handy printable…

Penne Pasta with Hearty Meat Sauce (30 Minute Meal)

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 6-7 servings

Ingredients

1 small onion
3 cloves garlic
1 pound pork sausage
3 (14.5 ounce) cans Italian Style Diced Tomatoes
2 (8 ounce) cans tomato sauce
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1 tsp fennel
1 tsp oregano
pinch red pepper flakes
1 Tb beef bouillon granules
1 Tb lemon juice
1 Tb balsamic vinegar
1/2 C hot water
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1/2 (1 pounce) box mini penne
2 C mozzarella cheese
1/2 C parmesan cheese

Instructions

1. Chop 1 small onion and mince 3 cloves of garlic.
2. Heat a deep skillet up over medium high heat. You'll want to be sure to use a skillet that is wide and deep. I used one that is 3 inches deep and 11 1/2 inches wide. You also want to be sure it is oven safe. I picked my skillet up at Costco, the brand is T-Fal.
3. Add 1 pound pork sausage and the onions and garlic to the hot pan. Allow the sausage to brown and the onions to become translucent. Should only take about 5 minutes.
4. Drain the grease from the pan.
5. Add 3 (14.5 ounce) cans of Italian Style Diced Tomatoes (un-drained), 2 (8 ounce) cans of tomato sauce, 1 tsp Italian seasoning, 1 tsp fennel, 1 tsp oregano, 1 Tb beef bullion granules, 1 Tb lemon juice, 1 Tb balsamic vinegar, 1/2 C hot water, 1/4 tsp salt and 1/8 tsp pepper.
Give it all a nice stir to combine and bring it to a simmer.
6. Grab a (1 pound) box of penne pasta. We are only going to use half of this box. When the sauce is simmering nicely, pour half of the box of pasta into the hot sauce. Give the pasta a stir to incorporate it into the sauce.
7. Bring the sauce back to a simmer, cover the pan and let it cook for 7-8 minutes, or until the pasta has cooked through. Be carefully not to let it over cook. You don't want the pasta to be too soggy.
8. Turn your oven to broil.
9. Sprinkle the pan with 2 C mozzarella cheese and 1/2 C parmesan cheese. Pop it into the oven for 2-3 minutes (please, oh please make sure your pan is oven safe) so the cheese can melt and get golden brown on top. Be super careful to watch it. It will melt quickly.
10. Allow the pan to sit on the counter for about 5 minutes, then serve and enjoy!
http://jamiecooksitup.net/2015/05/penne-pasta-with-hearty-meat-sauce-30-minute-meal/

Recipe from Jamie Cooks It Up!

Here are a few more easy skillet recipes…

Southwest Chicken and Rice Skillet (30 Minute Dinner)Southwest Chicken and Rice Skillet Dinner (takes about 40 minutes)

30 Minute Ground Beef Enchilada Skillet Dinner from Jamie Cooks It Up!!!

30 Minute Skillet Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta from Jamie Cooks It Up!

Thanks for dropping by today! Have a good one. 🙂



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7 Comments

  1. 1
    Kathy P.
    May 28, 2015 at 7:37 am

    This looks delicious and I love the one pot. Can’t wait to try. Love your recipes/blog.

    • 2
      Jamie
      May 28, 2015 at 9:08 am

      Thank you Kathy! Hope this one turns out well for you. 🙂
      All the best,
      ~Jamie

  2. 3
    Amy
    May 28, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    Can you tell me what oven safe skillet you use and where I can get one?

    • 4
      Jamie
      June 2, 2015 at 10:03 am

      Hi Amy,
      I got it at Costco. The brand is T-fal. Hope this helps!
      All the best to you :),
      ~Jamie

  3. 5
    Jessica
    June 7, 2015 at 11:01 pm

    I made this yummy meal this week 🙂 Thank you so much!!! I made your quick bread sticks too. We loved it!

    • 6
      Jamie
      June 8, 2015 at 9:42 am

      Jessica,
      So happy to hear it turned out well for you! Thanks for letting me know. 🙂
      ~Jamie

  4. 7
    JW
    July 6, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    This was great! Good flavor. Kinda reminded me of lasagna.
    I think you forgot to say when to add the red pepper flakes. I don’t see it in the instructions and almost forgot to add it! 🙂

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