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Hearty Penne Beef Recipe
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Hearty Penne Beef Recipe

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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.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1-3/4 cups uncooked penne pasta
  • 1 pound ground turkey or beef
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  • 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

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.

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. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Hearty Penne Beef in Simple & Delicious September/October 2008, p10

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.

Full-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah.

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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.

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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.

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Reviewed Jun. 19, 2014

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

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Reviewed Feb. 17, 2014

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

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Reviewed Dec. 24, 2013

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

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