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Baked Penne with Meat Sauce Recipe

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This recipe for Baked Penne with Meat Sauce, by , is from A Taste of the Spirit - Book II, one of the cookbooks created at FamilyCookbookProject.com. We help families or individuals create heirloom cookbook treasures.

Paula Therrell
Added: Friday, October 30, 2009


8 oz. dried penne
1 (14-oz) can whole Italian-style tomatoes
1/3 cup Italian-style tomato paste (1/2 of a 6-oz can)
1/4 cup dry red wine or tomato juice
1/2 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. dried oregano, crushed, or 2 tsp. snipped fresh oregano
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 pound lean ground beef
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup sliced pitted ripe olives
1/2 cup shredded reduced-fat mozzarella cheese (2 oz)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain well.

Meanwhile, in a blender or food processor, combine undrained tomatoes, tomato paste, wine or tomato juice, sugar, dried oregano, if using, and pepper. Cover and blend or process until smooth. Set aside.

In a large skillet, cook ground beef and onion until meat is brown. Drain off the fat. Stir in tomato mixture. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in pasta, fresh oregano, if using, and olives.

Spoon into a 2-quart casserole dish. Bake, covered, for 30 minutes. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Bake, uncovered, about 5 minutes more or until cheese melts.

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