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Hearty Penne Beef

 Hearty Penne Beef
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
4 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 30 min.


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Drain pasta; stir into beef mixture. Sprinkle with cheese; cover and
  • cook for 3-4 minutes or until cheese is melted.
  • Yield: 4 servings.

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Hearty Penne Beef (continued)

Nutritional Facts: 1-1/2 cups equals 482 calories, 20 g fat (10 g saturated fat), 88 mg cholesterol, 1,001 mg sodium, 33 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 41 g protein.
Wine: Full-Bodied Red Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah.