Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Creamy Pasta Dinner

This creamy pasta dinner is one of my family's favorite weekly meals.  As much as I cook, even I have moments of panic about what to cook for dinner sometimes.   At those times, I turn to this creamy pasta dinner because it's quick, easy and I always have the ingredients on hand at home.  I also know there will be no objections from any of the adults, kids or picky eaters so it's a peaceful meal as well.  This dish is really a twist on the traditional spaghetti pasta with red meat sauce by adding cream cheese.  Once you try a little cream cheese in your spaghetti sauce, you may never go back.

Today I am pleased to say that I am guest posting for Sophie over at The German Foodie.  Sophie is a German expat living here in the US.  Although she has lived in the US for many years, she has not left her German roots behind because her blog is full of wonderful German dishes (especially the breads).  My goodness does this lady know how to bake some fabulous bread! I envy her baking skills and I can just imagine how good her house always smells with the wafting of fresh baked bread around. If you have not visited her wonderful blog, please do so because you will definitely learn a lot.  Sophie loves pasta dishes as well so I thought I would make her one of my family's favorite pasta dishes today... hope you enjoy.

1lb of any style of pasta cooked to al dente.
1lb of favorite lean ground meat or sausage
large jar of tomato pasta sauce
3-4 cloves of garlic minced or grated
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried parsley
1 tsp dried oregano
1-2 tsp of brown sugar (to taste)
1 onion diced
red pepper flakes to taste
salt and black pepper to taste
1 bell green bell pepper diced
3-4oz of cream cheese

Brown your favorite lean ground meat with onions, bell pepper and seasoning. Then add jarred spaghetti sauce.  Finish off with 3-4 oz of cream cheese and allow to melt into the sauce and become creamy. Toss with pasta and serve. Enjoy.


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  1. Delicious bowl of to have it anytime.

  2. Hmmm delicious pasta! I haven't had pasta for a while and this creamy pasta sounds really good to me!

  3. I can see why this is a favorite in your home. Wow!

  4. Oh, this looks fantastic, Ramona! I love these easy to whip up dinner ideas! Off to check out your guest post :)

  5. YES!! This looks so amazing!! Creamy and yummy, yes yes and more yes!

  6. This looks incredible! I love a little cream in my pasta sauce, it adds another layer of depth and gives it such a nice color! You did a wonderful job with this pasta dish!

  7. pasta my fav luks really yumm..n pics r just fabulous......

  8. Uhhhh....YUM! It looks incredible, as always!

  9. lovely pasta I haven't added sugar before looks wonderful

  10. My idea of a perfect dinner! Yummy!!!

  11. It's 6am and I would LOVE a bowl of this right now. Just recently I've been using cream cheese for a creamy pasta without cream. Sometimes I swear you are in my head or we are cooking some of the same things. Love this!

  12. Wow, this looks amazing! My brother just walked by and said it looks really good! And that's a huge compliment coming from him since he's a bit of a picky eater :) I love the color of this wonderful dish and that sausage looks soooo darn good! Ahhhh, I'm craving a big bowl of this so bad right now!

  13. This most certainly does look creamy and delicious - something I would not mind just having for dinner every day ;)

    Happy Easter!
    Choc Chip Uru

  14. My family and I really love Pasta. Your dish looks delicious. :-)

  15. Pasta is a real treat around here, (sweets win out most of the time) but this looks amazing. I love the idea of using cream cheese in the sauce, simple and very good. Love this!

  16. Delicious-looking pasta, Ramona! Love the use of cream cheese instead of heavy cream!

  17. I have added ricotta before to red sauce but never cream cheese. This looks delicious. Nothing like a big bowl of pasta after a busy stressful day. Yum!


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