Prep 20 mins
Cook 45 mins
Penne pasta with lean ground beef in a delicious cheese sauce.
- 1 lb penne
- 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 2 teaspoons minced fresh garlic
- 12 ounces extra lean ground beef
- 1 3⁄4 cups red pasta sauce
- 1⁄2 cup beef stock or 1⁄2 cup chicken stock
- 1⁄4 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 cups milk
- 1 3⁄4 cups beef stock or 1 3⁄4 cups chicken stock
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1⁄2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray a 13-by-9-inch glass baking dish with cooking oil.
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook the penne for eight to 10 minutes or until tender but firm. Drain.
- Heat the oil in a non-stick saucepan over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic and sauté until softened, which takes about four minutes.
- Stir in the beef and cook, stirring to break up the meat, until no longer pink, which takes about four minutes.
- Stir in the tomato pasta sauce and 1/2 cup stock. Cover and cook for 10 minutes, or until thickened. Set aside.
- Whisk the flour, milk and 1 3/4 cup stock in a non-stick saucepan until smooth.
- Place over medium heat and cook until the mixture begins to boil. Reduce the heat to low and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, for five minutes or until thickened.
- Stir in the cheddar cheese. Remove from heat.
- Stir the cheese sauce into the meat sauce.
- Toss the pasta with the sauce. Pour into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with the mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses.
- Bake in the centre of the oven for 10 minutes, until bubbly. Serves 4-6.
Very bland...It was ok. Not sure I'd make it again. DH had to pour hot sauce on it to eat it. Kids and I left it to him to finish...going on a week.
This pasta dish has an interesting combination of a cheese sauce with a red pasta sauce. I did add some red pepper flakes and dried basil and used a pound of ground beef. I think some Italian sausage would be a good addition, too. I didn't measure the cheeses I put on top, just covered the top pretty well. Very good and made good leftovers.