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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


  • 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

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.


  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 Dec. 19, 2014

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

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."

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."

Reviewed Sep. 17, 2014

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

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."

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