Thursday, October 18, 2007

Pasta Presto Night: Easy Skillet Pasta

It's been one of those days... and I needed to throw something together for dinner, and fast! Mr.W skipped lunch and his tummy was grumbling.

My plan for just these kinds of days is to get a pot of water on the stove and start a package of frozen hamburger in a skillet... THEN figure out what's for dinner. This is how the most pleasing comfort food is created.

Thus emerged Easy Skillet Pasta, with a side of butter & sugar corn-on-the cob for Mr.W. (I try to avoid starchy veggies when I'm indulging in pasta.)

Easy Skillet Pasta

1.5 pounds ground beef
2 cups dried bowtie pasta
1 28-ounce jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce
14 ounces warm water (1/2 jar after you've emptied the spaghetti sauce)
salt and pepper to taste
generous sprinkle hot pepper flakes (optional)

Brown ground beef in skillet set over medium-high heat; strain away the grease by dumping cooked meat into a wire mesh strainer set in your sink or a bowl. Discard grease. Return meat to skillet; reduce heat to medium. Add remaining ingredients; cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until pasta is al dente.

Serve in bowls and sprinkle with grated parmesan cheese, if desired.

Super simple and fresh from your own kitchen, this is a quick-fix weeknight meal that is sure to please. This makes enough for four helpings. Paired with a salad or a side veggie and some garlic bread it's plenty for a family of four. And you can adjust this to your taste, adding veggies from your fridge or freezer, onion & garlic, upping the herbs or adding more water for more of a goulash. A splash of red wine would be a nice addition, as well.

This is my entry for this week's Presto Pasta Night.

Bon appetit,

1 comment:

Ruth Daniels said...

So simple and so good. It reminds me of a dish my mother made when I was growing up. She added kasha to the mix.

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