Cheesy Skillet Pasta with Meat Sauce

Marla Meridith

December 6, 2012

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Are you looking for a quick and satisfying meal? Something that can go full circle from dinner to lunch and back again? Great! This pasta is perfect no matter when you enjoy it.

This recipe I adapted from one of my besties cookbooks. I bet most of you know Jenny from Picky Palate right?

I am thrilled to share the Picky Palate cookbook with you all today!


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If you have any picky eaters in your house then this cookbook is essential. The recipes are well rounded, ingredients easy to find and the meals are very affordable.

There is a great reason why Jenny’s blog is one of the most popular foodie destinations in the world.

Yes, in the world  folks.


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Jenny’s amazing personality shines through in the intro and all of the head notes in the book. Her recipes are sure to become family favorites!

In this cookbook you will find tempting breakfasts such as: Apple-Spice Puff Pancake with Caramel Syrup, Bacon and Cheddar Florentine Quiche & Streusel-Topped Pumpkin Bread.

There are plenty of savories for lunch and dinner: Cheesy Chicken Pot Pies, Slow-Cooked Green Chili Pork Tacos, 10-Minute Creamy Tomato-Basil Soup & Black Bean Guacamole Burgers are a few to tempt you.


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The desserts! Jenny has such a way with sweets.

In her book you will be dazzled by Ice Cream Sundae Brownies, Almond Lover’s Chocolate Chip Cookies (yes please!) her super famous Oreo-Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies and plenty more!

All of the recipes are expertly photographed by another amazing pal Matt Armendariz (Matt Bites) The photos leap off the pages and will make you want to dash to the kitchen.


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My kids and husband love pasta. Seriously, they could eat it for every meal.

This skillet dinner is filled with protein from lean bison and cheese.

I used brown rice pasta so my gluten free readers would not feel left out.


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The crushed tomatoes offer up some veggies.

I love to serve pasta with a side of extra tomato sauce too.


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My recipe here is an adaptation. Be sure to check out page 108 (Rigatoni Skillet Dinner) in the Picky Palate cookbook for Jenny’s version.


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Also visit The Picky Palate Cookbook post on Jenny’s blog to see more reviews and stores to purchase her cookbook. It would make for an amazing and affordable holiday gift!


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  • Rosa
    Posted at 03:30h, 06 December

    Scrumptious and so comforting! The kind of dish I love to eat when it’s cold outside.



  • Olivia @ Liv Lives Life
    Posted at 03:40h, 06 December

    My great-great-grandma’s English pasty recipe is the best family recipe we have!

  • SalBug
    Posted at 05:34h, 06 December

    My mom’s tamale pie. Yummy!

  • Phoebe
    Posted at 05:37h, 06 December

    My grandmother’s “fruitcake” recipe – it’s more like a pound cake, spiked with sherry and nutmeg and studded with raisins.

  • Sarah G
    Posted at 05:39h, 06 December

    MY favorite family recipe is for Chicken Pot Pie. It’s so simple, but so good!

  • Kaitlyn
    Posted at 05:57h, 06 December

    My favorite family recipe one for cinnamon swirl bread.

  • Shawna @ CheekyChic Family
    Posted at 06:06h, 06 December

    We have too many family favorites to choose just one, but we do love my Granny’s beef stew recipe. It’s simple yet so divine! I ate it as my first meat because the beef is cooked so long it’s soft and easy to chew, and I’ve made it for all my kids when it was time for their first table food. It warms my belly and my heart each time I make it.

  • Jack
    Posted at 06:51h, 06 December

    Panko Chicken – it’s much healthier than fried!! 🙂

  • Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit
    Posted at 06:57h, 06 December

    Wow, looks like a great cookbook and I love the pictures you took of everything (as always).

  • kim@hungryhealthygirl
    Posted at 07:06h, 06 December

    My family all loves pasta with pesto, tomatoes, chicken and black olives! I love your adaptation of Jenny’s recipe. I have bison that needs to be used up and this looks perfect for that.

  • fenella higgins
    Posted at 07:08h, 06 December

    My family favorite is spaghetti with meat sauce, so this looks similar to my recipe, but taken up a notch with extra cheese!! Sounds yummy 🙂

  • Sarah L
    Posted at 07:12h, 06 December

    This looks like a great cookbook. I love my family’s kidney bean goulash.

  • Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet
    Posted at 08:05h, 06 December

    It would have to be my Hubby’s pasta carbonara!

  • Rena
    Posted at 08:25h, 06 December


  • Kenya Johnson
    Posted at 08:39h, 06 December

    My favorite family recipe is pot roast.

  • Kendra
    Posted at 08:59h, 06 December

    We love homemade pizza:)

  • Millie
    Posted at 09:23h, 06 December

    This recipe looks great for kids! My grand-children are picky eaters and I try to make healthy meals for them all the time when they come over. I know this dish has lots of cheese but is a little more healthy because it calls for bison and brown rice. Do you know of any other dishes they may like. You can contact me on my blog!
    Thanks, Millie

  • Sean
    Posted at 09:23h, 06 December

    Favorite fam recipe would definitely have to be twice baked potatoes.

  • Alina
    Posted at 09:24h, 06 December

    It would definitely have to be my grandma’s beef stew.

  • Linda G
    Posted at 09:48h, 06 December

    I love a casserole my mom used to make. It is a really simple ground beef and rice casserole. I taught my ex how to make it and it was the only thing he could cook. He could grill, just not cook.

  • Maria Malaveci
    Posted at 09:53h, 06 December

    Favorite Family Recipe is Pastitsio (Greek Lasagna)


  • kindra baron
    Posted at 09:55h, 06 December

    white chicken chili!

  • NancyC
    Posted at 10:03h, 06 December

    My mom’s chili is a great family recipe. This book looks like it has a lot of great family favorites!

  • Katherine D.
    Posted at 10:05h, 06 December

    German chocolate cake balls!

  • barbara n
    Posted at 10:06h, 06 December

    My go to family favorite is some kind of pasta…the possibilites are endless!

  • Lindsay
    Posted at 10:14h, 06 December

    My grandmother’s apple pie!

  • Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts
    Posted at 10:20h, 06 December

    What a great pasta recipe, looks comforting and delicious for the whole family!
    Enchiladas are a recipe our family has been making for years, and they are a favorite!

  • Cairn
    Posted at 10:51h, 06 December

    Looks yummy! I have kids that are picky from time to time and I love cookbooks. Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Caroline B
    Posted at 11:08h, 06 December

    I love my family’s recipe for chicken picatta.

  • Elin
    Posted at 11:18h, 06 December

    It’s not a meal, but it’s my favorite family recipe. I love my great aunt Anne’s apple cake.

  • Sherry D.
    Posted at 11:22h, 06 December

    Potato Rolls….always requested, always loved!

  • Carla @ Carlas Confections
    Posted at 11:46h, 06 December

    One of my favorite recipes that has been passed on by my mom is her chicken wings. Its always in the dinner rotation, and it always makes the hubs very happy 🙂

  • Michelle S
    Posted at 11:59h, 06 December

    Beef Rouladen……so good!!

  • Michelle P.
    Posted at 12:01h, 06 December

    Our family favorite recipe is Chicken Pasta Alfredo (gluten-free as well) with veggies. It makes an appearance once a month on our menu at home. I’m so excited to check out this book. I love her recipes. Thank you for posting this recipe. I’m glad to know it turned out well with the gluten-free noodles.

  • Terry
    Posted at 12:07h, 06 December

    My mama’s pecan pie recipe 🙂

  • Rachel @ Following In My Shoes
    Posted at 12:08h, 06 December

    Love your adaptation!

  • Rachel @ Following In My Shoes
    Posted at 12:09h, 06 December

    We love slow-cooked carnitas…. YUM!

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    Posted at 12:11h, 06 December

    I love a skillet pasta, this looks delish!

  • Jamie
    Posted at 12:15h, 06 December

    I think it is chili. We are always so happy when it is cool enough outside to have chili again.

  • Laura
    Posted at 12:29h, 06 December

    I would LOVE to win this cookbook, I’ve been a longtime follower of Picky Palate and am seeing her cookbook EVERYWHERE! Please pick me!

  • Morgan
    Posted at 12:29h, 06 December

    My favorite family recipe is a classic ground beef chili! Smokey and spicy…yum!

  • Nadia@loveliveandgarden
    Posted at 12:30h, 06 December

    My favorite family recipe is stuffed grape leaves. I kind of revised my grandmother’s traditional recipe when I was pregnant with my third child though. But I ended up liking the revised version better 🙂

  • Liz Lanza
    Posted at 12:51h, 06 December

    My favorite family recipe is chicken pot pie.

  • Erin
    Posted at 12:57h, 06 December

    My favorite family dinner recipe…hmmmm. There are so many! I would say creamy spinach enchiladas. They are delicious!

    Posted at 12:58h, 06 December

    sounds good!! will have to try it!

  • Shelly
    Posted at 13:50h, 06 December

    My Grandma’s pumpkin bread recipe!

  • Nadia@loveliveandgarden
    Posted at 13:52h, 06 December

    My favorite is stuffed grape leaves. I craved them daily when I was pregnant with my last baby..

  • sara
    Posted at 13:53h, 06 December

    my mom’s lasagna!

  • Luli
    Posted at 14:19h, 06 December

    Mom’s strogonoff 🙂

  • Kay Gee
    Posted at 14:35h, 06 December

    Baked potato soup

  • Katherine R.
    Posted at 14:41h, 06 December

    My favorite family recipe is sausage and peppers! We love to put a batch in the crockpot and let it simmer all day!

  • Kristen McLane
    Posted at 15:18h, 06 December

    This is hard because my family members have different tastes. My boys like spicy and my daughter is completely opposite. One meal we all like is chicken and dumplings.

  • jessica w
    Posted at 15:44h, 06 December

    beef stroganoff

  • Ilene
    Posted at 15:45h, 06 December

    The book sounds awesome.

  • Ilene
    Posted at 15:46h, 06 December

    Creme brûlée French toast for Christmas morning.

  • libby
    Posted at 16:14h, 06 December

    Oh I could use this cookbook—have some real picky eaters old and young!

  • Emily @ Life on Food
    Posted at 16:49h, 06 December

    Cheesy pasta always makes me happy!

  • Pamela
    Posted at 16:57h, 06 December

    My family favorite is probably my mom’s homemade spaghetti recipe. Very comforting and the whole family loves it!

  • Irene Chen
    Posted at 17:22h, 06 December

    I always try to make a pasta dish once in a week. This one looks like a winner for my next week’s pasta menu. It’s scrumptious and making me hungry for some tonight.

  • Stephanie
    Posted at 17:24h, 06 December

    My moms lasagna!! (Love your use of Bison… I am making this tomorrow night – thank you!)

  • Kathy
    Posted at 18:18h, 06 December

    I love our family lasagna recipe.

  • Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen
    Posted at 19:30h, 06 December

    There is something so comforting about a pasta skillet meal and they are so easy! I can’t wait to get Jenny’s cookbook and thanks for the link love!

  • Amy L
    Posted at 19:33h, 06 December

    My family is Italian and we make a recipe we call popat, which is a sort of fritter made with bread crumbs, parmesan, eggs, and seasonings, which is fried then cooked in tomato sauce. It is the best thing to serve with pasta. My family loves them more than just about anything else I make.

  • Kelly G
    Posted at 19:38h, 06 December

    Love my mom’s spanish rice!

  • Laurie
    Posted at 20:21h, 06 December

    Reminds me of a childhood favorite: beefaroni!

  • Amanda Renea
    Posted at 22:09h, 06 December

    Favorite family recipe: chipped beef in gravy on toast. Yeah, it’s technically on the back of the package, but it was my favorite growing up!

  • blima
    Posted at 22:14h, 06 December

    My moms tofu stir fry

  • Keshakeke
    Posted at 01:04h, 07 December

    My favorite family recipe is my Mema’s carrot cake

  • LisaT
    Posted at 04:43h, 07 December

    I love a cookbook with good photographs and this one looks like it falls into the good-photography category.

  • Cindy Brickley
    Posted at 06:12h, 07 December

    My Spaghetti! I make the best in the world (so I am told by many).

  • Maria
    Posted at 06:35h, 07 December

    Love Jenny and her book!

  • Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media]
    Posted at 06:43h, 07 December

    Yum!! I love how easy and wholesome this recipe is. I am adding it to my weeknight meals recipe list!

  • Sallie
    Posted at 06:52h, 07 December

    My mom’s homemade spaghetti sauce is my favorite thing, and one I haven’t mastered yet!!

  • Hope @ With A Side Of Hope
    Posted at 07:09h, 07 December

    My favorite family recipe is for my mom’s turkey meatballs. They are so good 🙂

  • Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings
    Posted at 07:17h, 07 December

    great recipe– for the whole family!

  • Natalie S
    Posted at 07:31h, 07 December

    My favorite family recipe is my mom’s chicken noodle soup! So good!

  • HeatherChristo
    Posted at 07:44h, 07 December

    Spaghetti and meatballs! This looks great!

  • Jes T
    Posted at 09:25h, 07 December

    My grandmother’s fudge recipe 😀 It’s amazing!

  • Liz @ The Lemon Bowl
    Posted at 11:12h, 07 December

    I love cooking with bison – looks delish.

  • Sam
    Posted at 11:39h, 07 December

    Sliders, tacos and baked Mac & Cheese!

  • Julia |
    Posted at 11:54h, 07 December

    I love baking savory dishes in tart shells.

  • Teawench
    Posted at 12:19h, 07 December

    Today, I’m going with lasagna. Not sure who or where the recipe came from but it’s what I want for comfort food.

  • Lauren
    Posted at 12:49h, 07 December

    My in-laws have a highly secretive rib recipe that I got when we got married (reason enough to marry into this family!!) It is so delicious!

  • kari m.
    Posted at 13:21h, 07 December

    Special k roast with my moms cheesy potatoes

  • Amanda Thompson
    Posted at 16:32h, 07 December

    Chicken Enchiladas with Salsa Verde!

  • nik
    Posted at 17:09h, 07 December

    My favorite is my Dad’s Sicilian pizza. Cheers!

  • Dianne Shaw
    Posted at 23:32h, 07 December

    My favorite family recipe is my mom’s potroast

  • Jen S.
    Posted at 00:59h, 08 December

    I love to make golabki for my family the way my grandmother used to make it for me growing up!

  • Bree
    Posted at 11:07h, 08 December

    Looks so nice and easy!

  • Elizabeth
    Posted at 11:10h, 08 December

    Kielbasa and Broccoli served over pasta

  • Paulina Rapavi
    Posted at 15:50h, 08 December

    My favorite recipe is my mom’s spaghetti bolognese. It’s so delicious I could eat it everyday

  • Kristin
    Posted at 18:13h, 08 December

    I love my mom’s recipe for red velvet cake! So wonderful!

  • Sheryl
    Posted at 18:16h, 08 December

    This recipe sounds great! I’m going to have to try it out.

  • Sara
    Posted at 20:26h, 08 December

    We all love taco night.

  • Linda
    Posted at 11:05h, 09 December

    Naming just 1 favorite family recipe is difficult, but I’ll say my Aunt Eleanor’s Cedric’s Casserole.

  • Jan Johnson
    Posted at 22:48h, 09 December

    My favorite family recipe is my mother’s cornbread dressing with giblets gravy, which sadly is not written down and I have to just mimic what she used to do as she says to use a bit of this and that!

  • Esi
    Posted at 05:14h, 10 December

    Fun recipe! I’m excited to see the book.

  • susan
    Posted at 12:03h, 10 December

    okay- that looks great…wish I had that for lunch right about now!

  • MikeVFMK
    Posted at 16:31h, 10 December

    Love this recipe. I’m all about skillet recipes and pasta in the winter. Definitely on my to-do list. Beautiful Marla.

  • Denise Browning
    Posted at 18:31h, 19 December

    This pasta looks scrumptious, Marla!!! It’s a complete meal.
    I also loved the forks seen in the picture. I hope you don’t mind that I ask you…Where did you buy them? Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year!!

    • Marla
      Posted at 04:41h, 20 December

      Hi Denise, I believe a few of those are from Pottery Barn Kids 🙂

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  • jackie @ marin mama cooks
    Posted at 06:18h, 20 December

    Ok, this looks amazing! I just printed the recipe and I’m making it tonight. We love buffalo and I use it in place of ground chuck in tacos, burgers, Bolognese sauce, you name it. I love that it contains no fat and is actually leaner than chicken and has so many omegas. I love your blog and it’s pretty similar to mine, healthy (most of the time) family cooking. I can’t wait to check out more recipes!
    xoxo, Jackie

  • Andrea
    Posted at 17:19h, 30 December

    Love this, but had trouble finding a couple of the ingredients. The Bison was almost $8. a lb, so I used lean ground chicken instead & it turned out great!

    • Marla
      Posted at 01:52h, 31 December

      Sounds like a delicious adaptation Andrea! I will try that too 🙂

      • Andrea
        Posted at 21:23h, 31 December

        You know what else sounds good for this? fresh basil. I love basil! I also like your idea of having some sauce on the side. Since I had this for leftovers again tonight, the noodles had soaked up a lot of the sauce,, so its nice to have some sauce on the side to pour on it.

        • Marla
          Posted at 01:58h, 01 January

          Totally agree Andrea! I love fresh basil too. Happy New Year!

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