Colorful Christmas Pasta Delight

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🎄✨ ‘Tis the season for delicious indulgence, and we’ve got the perfect recipe to make your holiday celebrations extra special – introducing “Season’s Eatings: Meaty Christmas Pasta Delight Made Easy”! 🍝✨

Difficulty: Intermediate Prep Time 10 mins Cook Time 20 mins Total Time 30 mins
Calories: 450
Best Season: Suitable throughout the year

Description

In this festive episode, we're turning the traditional Christmas feast on its head with a hearty and flavorful Meaty Christmas Pasta that's sure to become a family favorite. Picture succulent meat, aromatic herbs, and rich marinara sauce coming together to create a pasta dish that embodies the warmth and joy of the season.

Ingredients

Instructions

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  1. Add the pasta to a pot of boiling salted water. Cook for about 10 minutes or until al dente. Drain and set aside. 

  2. Add the oil to a pan over medium high heat. Place the sausage in and cook until browned and cooked through. Set aside. 

  3. Add the ground beef into the same pan. Fry until cooked though and browned. Add in the onion, garlic, and bell pepper. Stir and saute until the onion and garlic are fragrant, 

  4. Pour in the marinara sauce. Season with salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning. Add the sausage and stir until well incorporated.  

    Spaghetti sauce or tomato sauce can be used as well.
  5. Add the pasta and cheese in. Stir and toss until well incorporated. 

  6. Plate and sprinkle parmesan over the top. Enjoy your Christmas pasta. 

Nutrition Facts

Servings 1


Amount Per Serving
Calories 410kcal
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g24%
Cholesterol 28mg10%
Sodium 685mg29%
Potassium 710mg21%
Total Carbohydrate 32g11%
Dietary Fiber 10g40%
Sugars 8g
Protein 18g36%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. Nutritional values are a within reason estimate and my vary depending on several factors.

Note

  1. Meat Medley: Feel free to get creative with the meat selection. A combination of ground beef, pork, and Italian sausage adds depth of flavor, but you can tailor it to your preferences or use what you have on hand.

  2. Holiday Spice Blend: Elevate the festive flavors by adding a pinch of nutmeg or a sprinkle of cinnamon to the meat sauce. These warm spices add a subtle seasonal touch that enhances the overall taste.

  3. Cheese Options: While the recipe calls for Parmesan, don't hesitate to experiment with other cheeses. Grated Pecorino Romano or a blend of Italian cheeses can add extra richness and a delightful melty finish.

  4. Fresh Herb Garnish: Before serving, top your Meaty Christmas Pasta with a handful of fresh herbs such as basil, parsley, or thyme. This not only enhances the visual appeal but also adds a burst of freshness to every bite.

  5. Make-Ahead Tip: Prepare the meat sauce ahead of time and refrigerate or freeze it. This allows the flavors to meld even more, and when you're ready to serve, simply reheat the sauce and toss it with freshly cooked pasta.

  6. Pasta Choices: Choose your favorite pasta shape for this festive dish. Whether it's classic spaghetti, fettuccine, or even festive-shaped pasta, the sauce will cling beautifully, ensuring every bite is flavorful.

  7. Family-Style Serving: Consider serving the Meaty Christmas Pasta in a large, festive platter at the center of the table. It not only adds a touch of elegance but also encourages a shared dining experience during the holiday festivities.

  8. Wine Pairing: Enhance the dining experience by pairing this dish with a medium to full-bodied red wine, such as a Chianti or Merlot. The wine's richness complements the hearty flavors of the meat sauce.

Now, embrace the festive spirit, gather your ingredients, and let the aromas of this Meaty Christmas Pasta fill your kitchen with joy and warmth! 🎄🍝✨

Keywords: Beef Pasta, Pasta, One Pan Recipe, Beef and Sausage, Casserole

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David Hood

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Hey, I’m David Hood And I’m so happy you’re here!! So many of my favorite memories in life seem to take place around the table, especially when surrounded by people I love. And of course, all the better when nourished by some seriously delicious foodHappy Cooking! 

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