Cheesy Skillet Pasta with Meat Sauce

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

The crushed tomatoes offer up some veggies. I love to serve pasta with a side of extra tomato sauce too. 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.

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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~ Marla Meridith

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110 thoughts on “Cheesy Skillet Pasta with Meat Sauce

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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 🙂

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

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

  8. 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.

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

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

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

  13. 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!

  14. 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!!

  15. 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

  16. 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!

      1. 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.