Dutch Oven Pasta Bake

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. Cook: 30 min.


4 servings

Updated: Jul. 28, 2023
I was in a hurry one night, so I went on a pantry search to see what I had on hand. I found penne pasta and decided to go Italian! We all ended up loving this satisfying Dutch oven pasta. And since the pasta cooks in the same pot, it's a real time saver, too. — Tammy Reid, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Dutch Oven Pasta Bake Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 3 cups uncooked penne pasta
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 can (14 ounces) diced tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 package (5 ounces) fresh spinach
  • Shredded Parmesan cheese, optional


  1. Heat a Dutch oven over medium heat; add ground beef and onion. Cook and stir, crumbling meat, until beef is no longer pink, 5-7 minutes; drain. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer.
    Add tomato sauce, pasta, broth, water, diced tomatoes and seasonings. Stir; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer until pasta is tender, stirring occasionally. Top with spinach; cover just until wilted. Stir. If desired, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese before serving.

Nutrition Facts

2 cups: 452 calories, 15g fat (5g saturated fat), 70mg cholesterol, 773mg sodium, 50g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 5g fiber), 30g protein.