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Good Monday morning! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. We had our first flurries this weekend… I’ll tell ya, no where but Ohio is it 75 degrees one day and snowing the next. Send all the Vitamin C, my immune system is so confused! One thing that isn’t so bad about the cold is the cozy comfort food recipes. What do you think of when you think of comfort food? All together now… PASTA! Or CASSEROLES! This One-Pot Baked Penne with Vodka Meat Sauce asks “why can’t I be both?” Exactly.
One of my favorite things about this recipe is the idea of a one-pot meal with pasta (find the printable recipe card below!) Usually anytime I make a pasta dish there are 3 pots – 1 for cooking the pasta, 1 for the sauce and 1 for the protein and/or vegetables. Oh and the strainer for the pasta. So even if the recipe itself is quick and easy, the clean up sure isn’t. #nobodygottimeforthat That’s why I love Barilla® Pronto Pastas. There’s no waiting for the water to boil, adding the pasta, waiting for the pasta to cook, draining the pasta. Pronto is, well, pronto. Sorry, I couldn’t resist. 😉 You simply add the pasta and water into the pan and cook for 10 minutes. That’s all. The water absorbs and you end up with perfectly cooked pasta with no draining. Then you just stir in your sauce and that’s it.
Then in the case of this One-Pot Baked Penne with Vodka Meat Sauce, you top with some sliced fresh mozzarella and broil for a few minutes.
Yeahhhhh. That’s what I’m talking about. Pasta + Casserole = Comfort Food at it’s finest.
One-Pot Baked Penne with Vodka Meat Sauce & Fresh Mozzarella
- 1 box Barilla Pronto Penne Pasta
- 24 oz. vodka sauce
- 1 pound ground sirloin cooked
- Fresh mozzarella sliced
- Fresh basil thinly sliced to garnish (optional)
- Add pasta and water to a dutch oven per package directions and cook for 10 minutes.
- Once water is almost fully absorbed, stir in vodka sauce and cooked ground sirloin.
- Top with sliced fresh mozzarella.
- Place under the broiler until cheese is melted and starting to bubble (make sure your pan is high-temperature oven safe).
- Serve with fresh basil.
So are you ready for comfort food season?! Have a great week, hopefully it’s a short one for you!
I have never cooked ground beef or sirloin then frozen it. Does it taste pretty good? Can’t really tell it was frozen since in the casserole?
Hi Laura! Yes it still tastes great, I can’t tell the difference at all when it’s cooked in something. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂