Cheesy (Penne) Spaghetti
September 2, 2011 § 3 Comments
I made this for my family because, well, I was craving it. It truly is to die for…maybe we should skip the whole Africa thing and just move to Italy! It makes a nice end of summer light dinner with fresh-from-the-garden basil. Here is the recipe with a couple of secret ingredients not usually found in spaghetti sauce!
2 packages of Penne pasta
1 pound ground beef
1 1/2 large Walla Walla sweet onion chopped
6 cloves garlic pressed (or chopped)
1 green jalapeno pepper chopped (with or without seeds, depending on desired spice)
1 tsp cinnamon
salt and pepper to taste
4 cans chopped tomatoes with juice
1 pound mozzarella cheese sliced to small pieces
10 leaves fresh basil chopped
Bring water to boil and cook noodles as directed. Brown the meat, add the onions, garlic, jalapeno. Season with cinnamon and salt and pepper. When the meat is fully cooked, add the tomatoes. After the tomatoes are heated through, add the cheese and stir while it melts into the sauce. Serve with sauce on top of noodles. Garnish each dish with basil, salt, and pepper. Enjoy your cheesy goodness!