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Hearty Penne Beef

This hearty penne beef recipe is comfort food at its finest! The best of everything is found here—it's tasty, easy and a wonderful way to sneak in some spinach for extra nutrition. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 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 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, breaking it into crumbles. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Drain. Stir in tomato puree, broth, Italian seasoning, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper.
  • Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, until slightly thickened, 10-15 minutes. Add spinach; cook until wilted, 1-2 minutes.
  • Drain pasta; stir into beef mixture. Sprinkle with cheese; cover and cook until cheese is melted, 3-4 minutes.
    Freeze option: Freeze cooled pasta mixture in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally; add broth or water if necessary.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/2 cups: 482 calories, 20g fat (10g saturated fat), 88mg cholesterol, 1001mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 41g protein.

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  • ellimaye1
    Aug 20, 2020

    A yummy, easy dinner! I used tomato sauce since I didn't have tomato puree and about 4 cups of spinach. Next time I might add a little red pepper flakes.

  • Mary Ellen
    May 6, 2020

    My family loved it! I made it exactly as stated (I always do that the first time I make something), except for adding more salt after tasting it before adding the cheese. My husband added hot sauce, but no one else felt the need to add anything.

  • ornamentnut
    Apr 30, 2020

    No comment left

  • tholowchak
    Apr 1, 2020

    This is a keeper. The family loved it. I did take the advice of others and used half the amount of broth. Added onion and ofcourse more garlic. Plenty of leftovers.

  • kopfk6947
    Dec 31, 2017

    No comment left

  • Katukas7
    Jun 1, 2016

    Love it!

  • ooh!
    Mar 10, 2016

    Very good! We make this often in our home!

  • mother of 3
    Dec 30, 2015

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

  • kmolina6
    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. :)

  • Parkhart
    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!