I like making meals that provide leftovers, which is exactly why I decided to try this recipe out in the first place. When I initially made this, TJ was out of town, and I wanted to make something once that I could eat off of for several days. This dish did not disappoint!
It’s the perfect mix of fresh, homemade flavors with the convenience of an easy meal. I really love homemade meatballs, and the simple tomato sauce complemented them well. The dish is really filling, so if you have something on the side like a salad, garlic bread, etc, you might be able to get more than 4 servings out of it.
6 oz uncooked penne
1/3 cup panko breadcrumbs
2 cloves minced garlic, divided
1/2 tsp salt, divided
1/4 tsp pepper
1 lb lean ground beef
1 tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup chopped basil, divided
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes
2 oz mozzarella cheese, shredded
Parmesan cheese, if desired
Cook the pasta according to package directions and drain, reserving 1/2 cup of the pasta water. In a large bowl, mix together the breadcrumbs, 1 minced clove of garlic, 1/4 tsp salt, pepper, ground beef, and egg.
Adapted from Cooking Light Magazine
What’s your favorite meal that makes for great leftovers?