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Penne Bolognese-Style

Penne Bolognese-Style

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Simply adding ground beef and veggies to a tasty jarred sauce gives you a Bolognese sauce that would please the best Italian cooks.  Served over pasta, it makes a hearty and delicious dish.

serves 4 people


cost per recipe: $11.10

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  • 1

    pound 90% extra lean ground beef

  • 1

    large onion, minced (about 1 cup)

  • 3

    large carrot, shredded (about 2 cups)

  • 1

    jar (24 ounces) Prego® Veggie Smart® Smooth & Simple Italian Sauce

  • 1/2

    cup water

  • 3

    tablespoons fresh basil leavescut into very thin strips

  • 8

    ounces (about 3 cups) penne pasta, cooked and drained (about 4 cups cooked)

  • 2

    tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

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How to Make It

Step 1

Cook the beef, onion and carrots in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat until the beef is well-browned, stirring often to separate meat.  Pour off any fat.

Step 2

Stir the sauce and water in the skillet and heat to a boil.  Reduce the heat to low.  Cook for 15 minutes or until the vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally.  Stir in additional water, if needed, until desired consistency.

Step 3

Place the basil and penne into a large bowl.  Add the beef mixture and toss to coat.  Sprinkle with the cheese.

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Ratings & Reviews

  • Elizabeth J.

    June 10, 2018

    filling and satisfying

    and really easy to make. I like how quick it was to make the sauce. It almost took longer to cook the pasta lol. Next time I think I will use a different sauce base though. Not a big fan of the strong bell pepper taste.

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  • RN1CP

    February 6, 2013

    needs garlic

    I added 2 cloves of garlic and used 1/2 cup of redwine instead of 1/2 cups of water. I also added a bay leaf and a pinch of oregano and it no longer tasted like a jarred sauce, will make again with the changes I made to the recipe. Some Bell pepper might have been a good addition too.

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  • mpm

    August 24, 2012

    Penne Bolognese-Style

    My kids are picky eaters and it's a struggle to get them to eat veggies. I chopped the veggies fine and they inhaled it! I sprinkled it with mozzerella instead of parm. I served cottage cheese on the side and we ended up mixing it in with the dish and it tasted like lasagna. Kids LOVED it!

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  • Dot C.

    May 23, 2012

    Penne Bolognese-Style

    I have made this dish a few times now, turns out well each time. As other reviewers have mentioned, it's easy to add other vegetables to the dish -- green peppers is a good idea.

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  • jerry

    September 30, 2011

    Penne Bolognese-Style

    My 19 mo granddaughter ate all of her dinner and she doesn't like carrots.

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