Fall is the time for pasta around my house. My eldest runs on the Cross Country team for his high school and has the desire to carbo load before races. I personally like to carbo load any time of the day or night, but that is beside the point. While I try to not over do the pasta in our house, it does make a greater presence during the running season.
This recipe has a very similar taste to stroganoff. The cream cheese and milk sub in well for the sour cream of stroganoff. It is not identical, but very closely related.
I used regular cream cheese. When I made my shopping list, I did note the two half packages of different cream cheeses. Not realizing they both went into the same recipe (at the same time no less), I bought two half packages of the regular as they only sold full packages of the 1/3rd less fat and fat free versions.
Cooking the pasta.
Frying up the hamburger.
Hamburger and onions.
Making the sauce.
In the oven.
Delicious and full of carbs!
Makes: Serves 6 (serving size: 1 1/3 cups)
- 8 ounces uncooked penne (tube-shaped pasta)
- Cooking spray
- 1 pound ground sirloin
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 1/2 cups chopped onion
- 5 garlic cloves, minced
- 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 2 cups fat-free milk
- 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained
- 1/2 cup (4 ounces) 1/3-less-fat cream cheese
- 1 (3-ounce) package fat-free cream cheese
- 3/4 cup (3 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1. Preheat broiler.
2. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain.
3. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add beef to pan; sauté 5 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble. Remove beef from pan; drain. Wipe pan clean with paper towels. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add onion; sauté 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic; sauté 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add beef; sprinkle with salt. Add flour; cook 1 minute, stirring frequently. Stir in milk, tomatoes, and cream cheeses, stirring until smooth; bring to a simmer. Cook 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Stir in pasta.
4. Spoon pasta mixture into a 13 x 9-inch broiler-safe baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle mozzarella evenly over top. Broil 4 minutes or until golden. Sprinkle with parsley.
431 calories 15.9 g fat 6.9 g satfat 6.1 g monofat 0.7 g polyfat 27.8 g protein 41.9 g carbohydrate 1.9 g fiber 61 mg cholesterol 2.4 mg iron 679 mg sodium 289 mg calcium