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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