Whole Wheat Penne Pasta w/ Meat Sauce

(be sure to check her blog out, she has great recipes!!)
- 1 (13.25 oz) box whole wheat penne pasta
 (pictured is whole grain, but we've done both!)
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- olive oil
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- red pepper flakes
- dried thme
- 1 lb. ground beef
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
- 28 oz. chunky tomato sauce 
the first time we made this, we used Muir Glen, and I definitely recommend that! ;)
- 1 teaspoon Sugar
Salt and Pepper to taste

1. Remove cloves from garlic.
2. Chop onions and cloves of garlic.
3. Bring a pot of water to a boil. (For the pasta)
4. While waiting for water to boil, heat olive oil in a large skillet on medium heat. 
5. Add chopped onion and Italian seasoning. (You can add the chopped onion and then the seasoning, we just did them at one time because it was easier)
6. Add a dash of red pepper flakes. 
7. Cook the onions for about 5 minutes, until onions are soft. 
8. Add the garlic, dash of thyme, and salt and pepper to taste.
9. Cook for about 1 minute.
10. Remove onions and place in a bowl. 
11. In the same skillet, cook the ground beef, crumbling as it browns. (Drain if needed)
12. Once beef is no longer pink, add cooked onions.
13. Add tomato sauce, sugar, and basil.
14. Simmer on low heat uncovered for about 15 minutes.
15. By this time, your pot of water should be boiling, add 1 Tablespoon of salt, and bring back to a boil.
16. Add pasta into pot, and cook. (Follow instructions on your box, ours took about 9 minutes) 
17. Drain the pasta.
18. Add pasta to tomato sauce mixture, and mix it all together. (Or you can serve the pasta and scoop sauce onto it, whatever you prefer!)
19. And you're done.. Yay! :) 

Oh, and those rolls in the back? I LOVE them! :p Here's the kind I use:


  1. Looks delish! I took out ground turkey didnt know what I was making but I will be making this tonight! Thanks lady we love whole wheat pasta!

  2. looks very good!

    try adding white wine to the sauce, it makes it taste that much better!

  3. Looks yummy!!!


  4. I'm waiting for my husband to get off work so we can head to dinner, and this post is making me so hungry. Ha. Looks great!


  5. Looks very yummy! Love seeing the food you guys make. :)

  6. I wanted to share with you a really easy tip for getting the "layers" off of the garlic. Once you pull one clove off the cluster, leave all the layers on. Take a knife and lay it horizontally over the clove..basically so it's flat..not with the blade down like you would do to cut something. Then place the palm of your hand on the knife and push down. The pressure will make the clove crack and the layers will easily peel off. Hope that helps. Learned it from Rachel Ray!

  7. Yum! Definitely a man friendly meal!

  8. This looks absolutely delicious. If I ever have the groceries/time for it, I'll definitely try making it in my dorm. (:


  9. MM that looks super yummy - I love making my own pasta sauce!

    <3 katherine

  10. Can this recipe be made with chicken instead of mince, if so, then how?