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Hearty Penne Beef Recipe

Hearty Penne Beef Recipe

This is comfort food at its finest! The best of everything is found here—it's tasty, easy and a great way to sneak some spinach in for extra nutrition. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD:4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1-3/4 cups uncooked penne pasta
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato puree
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) beef broth
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups chopped fresh spinach
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Directions

  • 1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Drain. Stir in the tomato puree, broth, Italian seasoning, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper.
  • 2. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10-15 minutes or until slightly thickened. Add spinach; cook for 1-2 minutes or until wilted.
  • 3. Drain pasta; stir into beef mixture. Sprinkle with cheese; cover and cook for 3-4 minutes or until cheese is melted.
    Freeze option: Freeze cooled pasta mixture in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally and adding a little broth or water if necessary. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cup: 482 calories, 20g fat (10g saturated fat), 88mg cholesterol, 1001mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 41g protein

Reviews for Hearty Penne Beef

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MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2016

"Love it!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2016

"Very good! We make this often in our home!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2015

":( My DH didn't care for it. So disappointed. :("

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2015

"I would have given this recipe 5 stars if the taste hadn't been a tad on the bland side. I will make it again by using half ground beef,and half spicy Italian sausage,and less beef broth. I am confident that will do the trick to make it a recipe staple at my house. :)"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2015

"This is excellent! Based on other suggestions, I reduced the beef broth to 1/2 can and added 1/2 onion and 2 cups mushrooms. We will be eating this again!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2015

"This made a very quick and easy one pot dinner. I also found a way around the watery problem that other people discussed. I simply increased the heat from a simmer to medium and allowed it to cook for about 20 minutes til thickened."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2015

"I feel that there was some confusion about the pasta being cooked or not cooked before adding all ingredients together. I would change how much broth and puree I would use since I cooked the pasta, and add I would add some onions and mushrooms next time I make it. The sauce was fantastic and the "Huney" said it tasted good."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2015

"Great recipe! I made it exactly like stated in the recipe."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2015

"I Like this recipe because of the spinach addition. Anything toil make it a bit healthier and get some greens into my kid is a good thing. Everyone enjoyed this, but I did do some tweaking, because one can tell it would be fairly bland without a bit of help. First off, the amount of pasta is fine. Remember this is uncooked pasta, so the amount doubles when cooked. YSou do not want more pasta, because that would mean less sauce. I added an onion an a shallot I just happened to have to the beef, doubled the garlic and instead of a whole can of broth, I did about 4oz of broth and 4oz of red wine. Smelled fantastic. Also don't forget as a cook, you should always salt at every level, not just add the tiny amount to the sauce. So that helps with the seasoning of the dish."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2015

"After reading everyone's notes I decided to do a little adjusting. I was in need of a fast dinner with few ingredients for a meal for 4 adults.

4 cups of penne pasta, 1 pound beef, granulated garlic, salt and pepper to taste, Italian seasoning, 1 (24oz) can of Garlic & Herb pasta sauce, 1/2 (15oz) can of beef broth, and 2 cups of mozzarella, 2 cups fresh of sliced mushrooms, 2 cups fresh chopped spinach...
The dish turned out very good and we had left overs!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2014

"Very good recipe. I added more pasta because what the recipe called for was way too little!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2014

"This was a good recipe. I found the amount of liquid to be too much. I would make this again, but next time I would reduce the amount of beef broth by half. Also, I liked a previous reviewer's suggestion to add chopped onion and green pepper to the recipe and would probably do that as well."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2014

"This was okay, but probably my fault. I fixed it the day before, without the mozzarella. The next day, we put it in the oven to warm it up and then added the mozzarella to the individual bowls. I think next time, if I'm going to bake it again, I will add some ricotta cheese. It needs something. I'll keep it in my Recipe Box, though."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2014

"I made this for my husband and he loves it!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 28, 2014

"I wanted to give this 5 stars but it was just alright. I found the addition of Worcestershire sauce with the Italian seasonings rather confusing and didn't like the overall taste of the two of them together. It would probably be ok without the Worcestershire. The only change I made was to add mushrooms."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 28, 2014

"I made a few adjustments. I used ground turkey, added green bell peppers, white onion, green chiles, and chili seasoning to give it some more flavor. I substituted the tomato puree with 15oz of crushed tomatoes and added a small 8oz can of tomato sauce. I also didn't use the beef broth and just added a little bit of water. Then I used half the amount of cheese the recipe recommended and I traded regular pasta with some whole grain pasta. I served this dish with some mixed steamed green vegetables on the side, it was delicious and very filling!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 21, 2014

"We liked it! It was simple and filling and tasted good."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 20, 2014

"Very tasty and easy to make! I added bell peppers and used cajun seasoning instead of italian to give it a little kick."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 27, 2014

"This is one of my favorite recipes to make when I don't feel like doing much work. When I make it, I add more garlic, onions, about 1/4 cup of sugar, fresh basil, and fresh tomatoes. Instead of using the beef stock, I use a little beef base with about half a cup of water. I also turn it to low and let it simmer for about 25 minutes. As for the cheese, I recommend putting it on top and popping it under the broiler for a bit to add a bit of crunch."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 19, 2014

"So simple to make and yet super delicious! Comfort food in 20 minutes yummmmm"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2014

"My husband loved this! Instead of tomato puree I used a can of peeled crushed tomatoes."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2013

"I really liked it I threw in a few scoops of fresh pico degio turned out delish will have again."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2013

"Betty Crocker Hamburger Helper is more tasty than this dish! It is so BLAND, that in comparison, popping open a can of tuna and eating it from the can with a fork is a gourmet meal compared to this stuff. Waste of time and money. I don't get the others here giving it great reviews!?!?"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2013

"This recipe was so easy. I usually cook gourmet food for my husband, but had my 3 year old granddaughter coming to dinner and she loves pasta. Everyone loved this! !! I was shocked and so happy."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2013

"It is easy to make and delicious."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 15, 2013

"I'm rating the result when I made this recipe. Many thanks to the other users who provided comments/suggestions. I added onion, extra garlic,a shake of dried chilli flakes, and a sprinkle of Vegeta, and cut down the amount of beef stock. Turns out I've run out of Worcestershire Sauce, which is sad, but it was still great. So very very tasty."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2013

"This was good, quick and easy that even my eleven year old could make it. The spinach was a great addition. It was slightly bland for the adults but my picky eater kids loved it. I did you tomato paste with water added to create a puree as I did not have any. Other than that followed the recipe."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 18, 2013

"Family liked this. Used tomato paste instead of purée and added garlic and more pasta. Husband said toad more spinach next time."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2013

"So I agree with many reviews below...I followed the recipe exact & there were two issues (both easily resolved)...First, the recipe is very bland. Good, but bland. It needs a little kick, such as more garlic, onion, peppers, garlic salt/powder...something...Then second issue was how thin the sauce was. I though I had let it simmer until it thickened enough, but I was wrong. I think the two reviews below - one saying they used half the beef broth & the other saying they used tomato paste - both were spot on. Overall, after some adjustment, I think it would be very good. I will try to make it again."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2013

"This was delicious. I used whole grain pasta and only a half a can of beef broth. I was afraid it would be too watery. Next time I will use more tomato sauce and add some tomato paste. Definitely will be making this again!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2013

"This was very good. For us I will add more cheese, more garlic and add onion the next time. I like adding the spinach - Thanks! 5 stars"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2012

"Excellent! Easy to make and delicious! :)"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2012

"VERY good. Made this for meat and potato lovin men and it went over great! Even better second day. used corn instead of spinach. 2C cheese was too much - made it stringy. Second time I made with just sprinkling on top and was perfect"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2012

"this turned out to be a really good knockoff of hamburger helper lasagne. The only changes I'd make would be to add some finely chopped onion and maybe more garlic. Wait to add the cheese until you serve it. The melted cheese makes a mess when you're serving."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2012

"I for some reason didn't realize that this recipe is more of a fancy spaghetti type dish until I was making it. It's not bad. I like how you basically make your own sauce. I never done that before. Prolly wont make it a staple in our house but nice for a change."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2012

"The best recipe"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2012

"This recipe is way too bland and there is too much cheese. It needs some chopped onion and some chopped peppers to spice it up a bit. Disappointing."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2012

"Very good recipe. I had to leave out the salt and spinach since my brother-in-law has kidney disease. Theres way too much sodium in spinach. I was shocked to find that out. But the dish is wonderful! Thank you!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 6, 2012

"Good! Added onion, extra garlic, fresh tomatoes! 1 cup cheese! I used tomato paste and had no problem with it being too watery!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 29, 2012

"It tastes good, but not so good I'd rush to make it again...i did add extra veggies and switched the white pasta for wholewheat..."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 11, 2012

"This was very good! Will make it again.

As to the few who commented this was bland, perhaps if you taste your food while you are cooking and adjust the recipe to your tastes you might have better luck. Since this is a Italian based dish, You could try herbs such as basil,oregano, or parsley."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 26, 2012

"DELICIOIUS! kids loved it too!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2012

"Very bland. Like hamburger helper. Won't make again."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 6, 2012

"Unique flavor, do not be afraid to try!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2012

"Easy and delicious. My husband said it was like eating pizza without the crust. Will definitely make again."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 30, 2012

"My 9 year old said this was better than regular spaghetti! Everyone loved it."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 25, 2012

"I thought this was really delicious. I did cut the broth a bit because it was a little runny. Also after adding the cheese, I put the skillet under the broiler to get the cheese brown and bubbly."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2012

"Easy to make, inexpensive and good flavor. I doubled the recipe to feed 6 of us, but I didn't double the bf broth bcuz I could tell the sauce would b too soupy. I did add red pepper flakes for a bit of zip. I would agree that this is a good recipe to use to sneak spinach into your kids...mine didn't even notice it."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 3, 2012

"I read the reviews and decided to three minced garlic cloves, the broth from Lipton's beefy onion powder mix (minus the dried onion & added fresh onions), and I cook out most of the liquid before adding the penne. It was delicious."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2012

"This recipe is very delicious my family ate every last bit."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2012

"My family loved this meal! Great flavor and very easy to make."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2012

"simple and delicious"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2012

"Very easy and good!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2012

"The flavors didn't have time to mix at all and didnt fit together. If you want spinach just stir it into your regular baked spaghetti recipe. There are much better recipes out there to try."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2011

"This is also very good with picante sauce instead of tomato purree"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2011

"I did not make this but I did read the reviews. To the person who used tomato sauce, it's not the same as puree. Puree is much thicker and that might account for it being watery. For people who are concerned about salt, delete the the added salt and use low sodium products, you don't like lots of cheese, clearly, use less. A recipe is really a guide. If you like spice add the onion as one person did, add extra spices like rosemary, fennel seeds, thyme, fresh fennel. Cook to YOUR tastes and YOUR dietary needs and then write a useful review...not "1000 mg of sodium in one meal is far from healthy". Point out the high content of sodium ... fine. But that is easily fixed. Too much cheese easily fixed. Bland...useful review so people know to spice it up if they like stronger flavors."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2011

"I made this with ground turkey instead of beef. Everyone in my family loved it, even the 2 year old, who doesn't like anything with vegetables in it. Will definitely be making this again!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2011

"Delicious! Easy to make and a great weeknight dinner!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2011

"a little less cheese"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2011

"I added frozen spinach that bought fresh. The leaves separated easily and crumbled well. I couldn't taste the spinach. I replaced the tomato puree with V8 juice. I sprinkled the cheese on top and baked for 10 minutes. Delicious, filling, and nutritious. I am keeping this recipe."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2011

"I added more salt/pepper/italian seasoning and garlic and I thought it was delicious. I usually add a little more spice to recipes, regardless. Thumbs up from our family. I would definitely make this again."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2011

"This dish is fine, just nothing to write home about."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2011

"Thought this had excellent flavor--I added about 1/2 cup chopped onion and fresh garlic when cooking beef, think this would fix any "blandness" anyone might experience. Also, Walmart sells tomato puree--this is a keeper for my family"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2011

"Very Bland tasting"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2011

"This was excellent! My family loved it.. definitely a favorite"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2011

"Super good! Even the kids liked it. I did up the salt to 1/2 a teaspoon, and added 2 tablespoons of cornstach, at the end to thicken it up a bit. All and all I will definitly make it again."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2011

"Super tasty! I would agree with the other comments, there was too much cheese! I will be making this dish again but put only 4 ounces of cheese on top."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2011

"I thought this was very good, but 8 ounces of cheese was way too much and we love cheese."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2011

"How often do you update your top ten food categories? These all seem to have been around forever."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 19, 2011

"my family loves this. It's hearty and healthy."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2011

"Blah tasting and wa-a-y too salty!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2011

"really great! when my husband says keep it its that means great recipe thanks and keep them coming"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2011

"I probably won't make this again, it was okay, but a bit bland and turned out too soupy."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2011

"I used mild italian sausage instead of hamburger and it turned out great-not bland at all-finicky kids had seconds!!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2011

"Everyone in our family loved this recipe. From the two year old to the 16 year old. It was a great way to get some spinich into their diet."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2011

"I am still smiling after eating this meal. My family of 4 is so hard to please. All have different tastes of what they like and what they don't. Everybody loved this and I was impressed myself at how easy it is to whip right on the stove top on a week night. Is it gourmet food? No. But this is a lovely little comfort food dish that is tucked away now in my favorite recipes pile! I followed the recipe exactly - no substitutions and had no problems with it being too watery as others have commented. Just a nice hearty dish in a rich sauce at the end."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2011

"Too bland. Too much cheese on the top. It was hard to serve."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2011

"I did not like this recipe at all. There are so many better recipes out there for penne beef pasta."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2011

"1000mg of sodium in one meal is far from healthy"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2011

"I don't get the reviewer who said "it's really healthy." I found it to be salty and bland. Won't be making this again, sorry."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2010

"This recipe was easy to make, but a bit too bland for my taste."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2010

"This is one of our family favorites. Love that the kids will eat the spinach this way!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2010

"The flavor in this dish was great, but mine came out soupy... I used frozen spinach instead of fresh (which obviously added more water) and tomato sauce instead of puree (which I am assuming is the same thing). To combat the moisture, I stuck it in the oven at 375 for ten minutes. That helped.

Overall, we both enjoyed the dish and I will make it again with less liquid."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2010

"My family loved this! My 6 year old helped make it, and loved it, and she doesn't even like spaghetti. What a sneaky way to get spinach in the kids! My mom is coming over tonight, so I'll be making this for dinner."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2010

"A little bland and boring. Not a big hit in our house."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2010

"Tomato puree consists of tomatoes that have been briefly cooked then strained. Tomato puree is a thick liquid.

Substitutions: 1 cup tomato puree = 2 Tablespoons tomato paste plus water to make 1 cup
For this recipe, use 4 T paste and add water to make 2 cups. (15 oz. is 1 oz., or 2 T short of 2 cups) Hope this helps."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2010

"i just made it today for lunch and my husband and I loved it! It's really healthy. we paired it with spinach and tomato salad. it was superb!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2010

"tomato puree is also called tomato paste..."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2010

"I couldn't find tomato puree at the store I regularly shop at, so I used sauce instead, but had to let it simmer almost twice as long as recipe called for. The only thing I'd change for next time is add a little more spinach. Delicious and easy recipe!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 22, 2010

"This was a hit with everyone in my house. I have made it three times now. My local grocery store doesn't carry tomato puree, so I've been using sauce. I don't really care for the consistency I get with that--have to serve it with a slotted spoon as it's kinda runny. Anyone have any other suggestions? Is tomato puree a regional name--does it go by a different name (I live in Iowa)?"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 26, 2010

"This is a keeper! I added crushed red pepper to mine though. Yummy! But good without too! So quick to make. Im going to double the recipe next time I make it so it lasts longer!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2009

"I never take the time to comment on a recipe but this ine is so easy and good and I wanted to share that thought. My husband and picky son both took seconds. I added more pasta than what the recipe said but it was perfect and so easy"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2009

"Looks wonderful! Can't wait to try it! This has my favorite ingredients too!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2008

"This dish pleases everyone-especially the cook! I make with whole wheat pasta and grin as my unassuming hubby "indulges" on a high-fiber, lower-fat, veggie-packed meal :)"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2008

"this is a really good recipe.

Carol"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2008

"OMG....this is one of our favorite recipes. I made it for my neighbor and she can't stop making it either. It is very easy to make and everyone of loves it."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2008

"My husband and I loved this dish. I did not have mozzarella Cheese so I used Cheddar cheese and it was still very good. I am going to be adding it to my regular dishes! Thanks!"

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Wine Pairings

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.