About the Recipe
Delicious and hearty carby meaty pasta for hungry days!
1 medium onion, chopped
3-4 minced or finely chopped garlic cloves
1 can diced tomatoes
1 ripe tomato, chopped
1 can mushrooms, drained, rinsed and sliced
1/4 green pepper, chopped (or replace with green peas or other veg of choice)
3-4 basil leaves, chopped
200-300g ground lean beef, or other preferred red meat of choice
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 tsp dry basil. 1/2 tsp cracked black pepper and any additional dry/fresh herbs or spices of choice
1 tsp salt (plus 1 tsp for boiling pasta)
2 tbsp corn or vegetable oil
Pack of penne pasta
Bring a big pot filled with salty water to boil and cook pasta according to packet instructions, around 10-12 mins. Drain when ready, reserving about 2 cups of the pasta water.
Add 2 tbsp oil to a medium size saucepan.
Sautee onion and garlic until soft.
Add the dry herbs/spices followed by meat.
Sautee meat until cooked through, followed by mushrooms and chopped tomato.
Let cook on medium heat for a couple of mins before adding green pepper (or other veg of choice), can of diced tomatoes, 1-2 cups pasta water and fresh basil leaves. Turn heat to low and let simmer for about 10 -15 mins.
Serve on top of pasta with grated parmesan cheese and fresh basil leaves.