Penne De Prince

“Life is a combination of magic and pasta.”
-Federico Fellini 


My Handsome Prince DISLIKES heavy sauce on his pastas.

I think that’s the reason why he LOATHES soup… the broth is just like a sauce in his opinion, in the way.

After realizing that MY favorite spaghetti recipe was really not at all the way he would prefer it, I experimented with a few ways to lighten the sauce but not lose the flavor of a good old plate of spaghetti.

As a bonus, I noticed that Kenz and I don’t have the issues eating this that we do with traditional spaghetti. We often have to avoid foods with high acid, which is a huge bummer but we’ve found some tasty ways to cook around it. 🙂

Easy and made from things often found in my kitchen or pantry already.

BONUS! Put your leftover sauce in a clearly dated and labeled baggie in your freezer for another day…

we NEVER have any more than a serving left for a very short time. 😉

Penne De Prince

(Feeds 6 +)

In a sauce pan I gently cook over medium heat-

1 chopped Onion

1/2 of a Red Bell Pepper ( you may use more if desired)

3 tsp. Crushed Garlic

1 tbl. butter

(I have been known to shred carrots, squash, zucchini into this step as well when trying to add additional veggies into the family diet. Don’t be afraid to give it a try.)

I cook these for about 5 minutes.

Just enough to become tender and then set them aside on a plate.

In your sauce pan brown-

 1.5 pounds of Ground Beef

Sprinkle with season salt and pepper to taste.

When it’s about half way done pour your plate of onions, peppers and garlic in with your ground beef and continue to cook until meat is nicely browned.

When it is done, carefully drain the excess fat.

 Here’s the REALLY hard part…

Are you ready?

How ’bout now.  😉

Go into your pantry and grab

2 Cans of Diced Tomatoes (I prefer the kind with Basil, Oregano and Garlic)

Don’t drain, just open and pour over your meat and mix in.

Let simmer for 5-10 minutes.

Just when I’m almost out of pasta, it seems like Barilla is issuing FANTASTIC coupons that when used at Albertsons, make for FREE or really inexpensive pasta!

We tend to favor Penne, Rigatoni or other fun shapes when eating a thick chunky pasta. 

I start my pasta when as soon as my meat is browned and it seems like the sauce and pasta are done EXACTLY at the right time.

I happen to have a 6 cheese blend to sprinkle along the top.

Usually I grab some fresh Parmesan or mozzarella cheese to sprinkle along the top but this Italian Style Albertsons Essential Everyday cheese worked out exceptionally well. 🙂

It’s My Handsome Prince’s favorite way to eat spaghetti.

We still will make my Grandma’s Recipe every now and then too.

The nice part of making a pasta sauce it that they freeze well.

When I make someone’s favorite dish, I’ll make extra to freeze. That way when we have a last minute night or are ready to have those leftovers, EVERYONE gets exactly what they want, how they want it. I didn’t have to spend any extra effort of money to provide a balanced home cooked meal that appeals to the 6 of us.

That’s not easy to please 6 people at one meal… 3 times a day!

That’s a fairly tall order. One that I’m not always equal to. But by freezing portions of sauce every so often, when the moon is just right, the star align, everyone is happy all in the same moment.

THAT’S my Rock star moment. 🙂

What’s yours?

Not feelin’ Saucy,


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