Italian Pack Pasta


I wanted to use my Italian pack items and my beefsteak tomatoes but I also needed a quick, easy dinner while life is so busy! I felt like challenging myself today cause lets face it…Life has been busy and I have let my kitchen inspirations fall to the waste side lately. I was hoping my instincts hadn’t left me when I started this meal out. We can let you be the judge of it 😉 There is just something about cooking the noodles in the sauce that makes it taste even better! This was my first attempt at cooking the noodles in a dish and I really could tell the difference, the noodles just absorbed the flavor!

Italian Pack Pasta

Italian Pack Pasta

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 Pounds Hamburger
  • 1 Medium Red Onion (Julienned)
  • 1 Bell Pepper (Julienned)
  • 3 Garlic Cloves (Diced)
  • 1 Eggplant (Chopped)
  • 1 Bunch of Fresh Basil (10-12 leaves) (Chopped)
  • 1/2 Tsp. of Fresh Thyme
  • 1 Tbsp. Dried Crushed Red Pepper
  • 1 Cup Mushrooms (Chopped)
  • 1-2 Tomatoes I used Beefsteak (Diced)
  • 1 Box of Beef Stock about 5 cups
  • 1 Can of tomato sauce
  • 1 package of spaghetti noodles (uncooked)
  • 1 Tbsp. Oregano
  • 1 Tbsp. Olive Oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Start browning your hamburger.
  2. In a smaller sauté pan, add a small amount of olive oil. Place eggplant and sauté for 5-10 minutes.
  3. When hamburger is browned and eggplant is sautéed; add the noodles, beef stock, onion, mushrooms, tomatoes, hamburger, eggplant, bell pepper, garlic, crushed red pepper, oregano, thyme and tomato sauce to a large pan or stock pot.
  4. Drizzle olive oil on the noodles about 1 tbsp.
  5. Add pepper.
  6. Bring mixture to a boil (with the lid on).
  7. Turn the heat down to simmer and allow to simmer for about 10-15 minutes.
  8. Toss in the basil and stir.
  9. It will be done when the liquid has cooked down to about 1/2 inch left of liquid.
  10. Top with shredded parmesan before serving.

Notes

I think this would be really good to try with chicken!

Author: Jamie S

I'm married and am very blessed to be the mother of a gorgeous little 2 year old named Mac. I live in good ol' North Dakota! I love to do many things. Laugh, love, write and cook. Mostly, I like to enjoy life to the fullest. That's probably why I love cooking so much. There is no right or wrong way of doing it. My day job keeps me very busy but its also extremely rewarding. I work for a company called Pride Inc. We serve individuals with developmental disabilities. So most of the people on my caseload are like my family. For me, I learned from my grandma that cooking brought people together. I associated it with happiness, love and togetherness and who doesn't want those things in life! So I've always tried to continue that in my own life with my own family. Nothing brings people together like a good meal. And a few good laughs!

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