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August 15, 2014

Twenty Minute Pasta Recipe

Twenty minute meals are super important for my family.  I personally lose interest in cooking altogether if it takes much longer than that.  And in the summer, we spend so much of our day outside that it's hard to come inside to cook an elaborate meal.  I'm also a huge fan of dinners that I can cook over and over again with just slightly different ingredients for variation.

This recipe is super easy to follow and the variations you could make are endless.  Swap out the hamburger meat for ground turkey or sausage; change up the spinach with peas.  Use goat cheese instead of ricotta and toss in some red peppers.  Another trick is to always use a different pasta.  We've made them all over here and more.  It's a good way to clean out the fridge and it's always simple and good.

Cook a package of mini shell pasta according to the directions on the box.

While you wait for the water to boil, go ahead and brown one package of hamburger meat seasoned with oregano over medium heat until thoroughly cooked.  Reduce heat to low and leave on the stove top.

At this same time, steam a package of spinach and set aside.

To the cooked hamburger meat, add either 2 cups of jar tomato sauce or the contents of an entire can of Italian style crushed tomatoes.

Stir in a 1/4 of ricotta cheese.

Add the steamed spinach and mix well.

Add more tomato sauce as necessary and continue to mix.

Toss over cooked pasta and enjoy!



  1. My parents used to make me something similair growing up and I make it myself now too. I'm with you on the 20 minutes, after work I'm so tired and anything that takes longer to prepare than that is too much for me!

  2. This sounds really good and the perfect thing to make on a busy day!

  3. Sounds like my kind of cooking right here!!

  4. Yum! Quick tip- it's super easy to use fresh spinach as well. Just place it in the colander and drain the pasta over it, and it will be perfectly wilted just from the boiling water and hot pasta!

  5. I agree, I definitely need easy recipes!

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  7. Wow! This sounds so delicious. I will be making it this week.

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    1. Looks delicious, I can't wait to try! I made something similar the other day but with chicken sausage.

      Emily from F is for


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