Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Child's Play - Penne Pasta Skillet

From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...Here's a simple family meal that young cook's can make with little or no supervision. It relies on a commercial spaghetti sauce for flavor, so a bevy of spices is not required for seasoning, and better still, even young hands can have this 5 ingredient, 1 pan wonder on the table in about 30 minutes. That makes this a perfect dish for the summer kitchen and you'll find it's a nice meal to serve after a long day in the sun or on the water. The recipe comes from the Kraft test kitchen, so it is nearly foolproof. While I prefer to use Rao spaghetti sauce and penne pasta when I make this dish, any sauce and small pasta can be substituted. If you are looking for a quick and tasty meal, or a way to keep the kids busy, do give this a try. It's truly child's play. Here is how this simple skillet meal is made.

Penne Pasta Skillet...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of Kraft Food

1 pound ground beef
1 jar (24 ounces) spaghetti sauce
2 cups water
3 cups penne pasta, uncooked
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese


1) Brown meat in large skillet on medium-high heat. Drain off accumulated fat.
2) Add spaghetti sauce and water and mix well. Stir in pasta. Bring to boil; cover. Simmer on medium heat for 16-18 minutes or until pasta is tender. Stir. Top with cheese, cover, and cook 1 minute or until cheese is melted. Yield: 4 to 5 servings.

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From the Kitchen said...

Sometimes the seasoned cook likes simple recipes. I prefer Rao's sauce too. I think it might be because I have such a happy memory of finally getting a table at the restaurant on a NYC visit.


Susan Lindquist said...

Sounds like cooking lessons with the youngsters in the neighborhood again this summer, Mary? This is a worthy recipe to have in one's back pocket!

David said...

Mary, We love having a number of quick and easy recipes like this on hand... There is nothing wrong with quick, tasty and satisfying! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

Big Dude said...

Wow that looks good

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