Easy Penne with Meat Sauce and Why I {Heart} Brad’s Farm Market

penne pasta with meatsauceYesterday was my favorite day of Spring. Why? Because our local farmer,

Brad’s Farm Market, opened their CSA (community sponsored agriculture) program weekly pickup for the 2018 season! My inspiration for Easy Penne with Meat Sauce came from this week’s CSA selection — Brad’s Ground Beef!

Growing up, my parents — like most Greek immigrants — devoted a large portion of our backyard to a vegetable garden and a grapevine. We enjoyed plenty of fresh strawberries, blueberries, grapes, tomatoes, eggplants, peppers and zucchini all season long.

Easy Penne with Meat Sauce Recipe by Vayia's Kitchen
Easy Penne with Meat Sauce

Over the last few years, John and I have attempted a small garden of our own that yielded decent results (Maryland tomatoes are to die for!). But over the last couple of years, with crazy schedules and four kids to chase after, it seemed like the right time to support our local farmer with a CSA membership. We absolutely love it and highly recommend Brad’s Farm Market to anyone in the Baltimore County/Harford County/Cecil County area.

My pickup yesterday included a pound of ground beef, spring onions, freshly picked strawberries, bok choy and fresh spinach. As the season takes off, the selection and quantities vary and increase. You never know what you will get each week and my kids enjoy coming with me and picking out that week’s bounty.

Easy Penne with Meat Sauce
Brad’s Farm Market also sources local jams, jellies, tomatoes, eggs, and meats. The best of Harford County!

Since we were able to choose local beef — from another tried and true local butcher — Bowman’s Butcher Shop, and my husband’s impulse purchase of a jar of Spaghetti Sauce made by another local company, Country Canning, it seemed fitting to make Easy Penne with Meat Sauce this week.

My family loves to have some type of pasta dish at least once a week. Brad’s Spaghetti Sauce includes everything you need to make an easy weeknight sauce – onions, garlic, mushrooms, tomatoes, and seasonings. And when you don’t have time for slow simmering or chopping vegetables, like most Moms I know, this sauce comes in handy.

Guys, believe me when I tell you — this is no ordinary sauce! It’s out of this world delicious. Just brown the ground beef and stir in the sauce and you have a dish of Easy Penne with Meat Sauce ready for dinner with the family.

P.S. For those who are interested in a low carb meal, pair the Meat Sauce with a baked sweet potato, zoodles, or cauliflower rice.

P.S.S. If you love pasta dishes, try my Ground Beef and Orzo Recipe!

Easy Penne with Meat Sauce by Vayia's Kitchen
Delicious, Easy, Flavorful — Thanks, Brad’s Farm Market!

Easy Penne with Meat Sauce Ingredients

1 LB. Brad’s Ground Beef
1 Jar Brad’s Spaghetti Sauce
1 LB. Pasta of Choice (I used penne)
1 Tbsp. Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper to Taste
Grated Parmagian Cheese (for topping)

Easy Penne with Meat Sauce Recipe:

  1. In a large stockpot, set water to boil and follow cooking instructions for your favorite pasta
  2. In a medium sauce pan, add olive oil, and brown ground beef.

    Brown the Ground Beef - Easy Penne with Meat Sauce - Vayia's Kitchen
    Brown the Ground Beef
  3. Once browned, add the jar of Brad’s Spaghetti sauce. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 20 minutes.
  4. Drain pasta and place back in the pot. Drizzle a little olive oil over pasta to keep from sticking.
  5. Serve pasta with sauce and top with grated parmigian cheese.

Enjoy!

Easy Penne with Meat Sauce
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Easy Penne with Meat Sauce Recipe by Vayia's Kitchen
Easy Penne with Meat Sauce
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 

Easy weeknight pasta with meat sauce meal. This one is made even more special because we used locally canned sauce and beef!

Course: dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: easy weeknight meal, easy weeknight recipe, meat sauce, spaghetti
Servings: 6 Serings
Ingredients
Easy Penne with Meat Sauce Ingredients
  • 1 lb Brad's Local Ground Beef or Ground Turkey
  • 1 Jar Brad's Spaghetti Sauce Sub your favorite jar of spaghetti sauce
  • 1 lb. Pasta of Choice I used penne
  • 1 Tbsp. Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste
  • Grated Parmagian Cheese for topping
Instructions
Easy Penne Pasta with Meat Sauce Recipe:
  1. In a large stockpot, set water to boil and follow cooking instructions for your favorite pasta
  2. In a medium sauce pan, add olive oil, and brown ground beef.
  3. Once browned, add the jar of Brad's Spaghetti sauce. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 20 minutes.
  4. Drain pasta and place back in the pot. Drizzle a little olive oil over pasta to keep from sticking.
  5. Serve pasta with sauce and top with grated parmigian cheese.
  6. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Serve pasta with sauce and top with grated parmigian cheese. Enjoy!

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