Meaty Red Sauce and Pasta (Fast Prep, Slow Cook)

rich tomato-beef gravy, penne pasta, parmesan cheese

1709 Past Meals

Serves: 3 Servings | Time to Table: Slow Cook | Calories: 497 | Allergens: Contains Wheat (Penne) + Milk (Parmesan) | Excellent Source of: Fiber, Iron, Protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin C | Good Source of: Potassium


  • - 3½- to 4-quart Slow Cooker
  • - Chef's Knife
  • - Colander
  • - Liquid Measuring Cup
  • - Measuring Spoons
  • - Medium Saucepan

What You Need:

  • - Coarsely Ground Black Pepper
  • - Kosher Salt or Flake Sea Salt
  • - Non-Stick Vegetable Oil Spray

What We Send:

  • - Carrots
  • - Crushed Tomatoes
  • - Minced Garlic
  • - Oregano
  • - Organic Ground Beef
  • - Parsley
  • - shredded Parmesan
  • - Sliced Yellow Onion
  • - Tomato Paste
  • - Whole Wheat Penne Pasta

Wine Pairings by @grapefriend

What grows together goes together. For Italian dishes, a rustic Sangiovese is the perfect partner.

Beer Pairings

Helles beer has made a resurgence over the last few years and its bready malt flavors would be perfect with this dish.

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What To Do:

Meaty Red Sauce and Pasta - Step 1

1. Roughly chop onion.

Meaty Red Sauce and Pasta - Step 2

2. Prepare ingredients in slow cooker: Add onion and carrot to a 3- to 4-quart slow cooker coated with vegetable cooking spray. Top with ground beef (DO NOT BREAK UP MEAT), tomatoes, 3/4 cup water, ½ teaspoon each salt and pepper, tomato paste, ONLY ½ teaspoon oregano and garlic. Stir well to combine. Cover and cook on LOW setting 7 to 8 hours. Break up meat with a spoon.

Meaty Red Sauce and Pasta - Step 3

3. Cook pasta: In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, add water and 2 teaspoons salt. Bring to a boil. Stir in penne and boil, stirring occasionally, until al dente (about 10 minutes). Drain pasta. Chop parsley while pasta is cooking.

To Serve: Divide pasta among serving bowls. Top with sauce. Sprinkle with Parmesan and parsley.

Pro Tip:

Turn water into wine. Substitute dry red wine for the √ cup water in sauce.

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