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Pasta Skillet

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When you have a busy day, get a flavorful meal on the table in no time. This pasta skillet comes together quickly, with a few ingredients in little time.

This pasta skillet recipe is perfect for a night when you need dinner on the table quickly.

This pasta skillet recipe was a favorite of my Mom’s. She made it often, though, believe it or not, I never tried it. My son and I love baked ziti and this is very similar but far less work.

Pasta skillet comes together quickly, especially when using a jarred pasta sauce.

It’s especially less work if you use a pre-made pasta sauce. By pre-made I mean either a store bought jarred sauce or a homemade sauce that you may keep in the freezer. 

Another thing to love about this recipe is it’s one pan. Everything is made in the skillet thus making clean up a breeze. Not like my baked ziti that requires a few pans and more clean up time.

Serve pasta skillet with homemade garlic bread and a salad to complete the meal.

I’ll be honest, the first time I made this recipe I was totally concerned the pasta was not going to cook. Needless to say, it did and I was happily surprised.

I’ve made this pasta skillet a few times and with some different shapes. I’ve been most successful with a smooth ziti. Why is this? It’s the size of the pasta and the cooking time. Something like a ribbed rigatoni will not work. Neither will a rotini, trust me, I’ve tried. 

Feel free to mix things up a bit. Instead of ground beef, use ground turkey or chicken. They would all be delicious.

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This pasta skillet recipe is perfect for a night when you need dinner on the table quickly.

Pasta Skillet

Yield: 4 - 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

When you have a busy day, get a flavorful meal on the table in no time. This pasta skillet comes together quickly, with a few ingredients in little time.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 2 ½ cups water
  • 3 cups ziti, uncooked, preferably smooth
  • 1 jar (24 oz.) pasta sauce, use your favorite or homemade
  • 1-½ cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • ⅓ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet brown ground beef and drain. Return meat to skillet. Stir in water and bring to boil.
  2. Once mixture is boiling stir in pasta and cover immediately. Simmer on medium-low heat about 15 minutes or until pasta is tender.
  3. Add pasta sauce and ½ cup of the shredded mozzarella cheese and gently mix. Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses then cover. Cook 3 minutes longer or until mozzarella is melted.

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Amy (Savory Moments)

Monday 2nd of March 2020

This is family comfort food right here! My kids love pasta and I love that it's all made in a skillet!

Erin Vasicek

Sunday 1st of March 2020

Meals like this are some of my favorites! Comforting and don't take a lot of pans.

Christie

Sunday 1st of March 2020

That looks so yummy! All that pasta and meat and cheese is total comfort to us. Adding it to the must make list!

Karen

Sunday 1st of March 2020

Anything one pot that is hearty and delicious is wonderful. So glad you shared this!

Wendy Klik

Sunday 16th of February 2020

Perfect meal for those busy days when you walk in the door starving and want comfort food now. Thanks for sharing.

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