A recent Test Kitchen e-mail sent me on a search for a one-pot pasta dish made in my Aroma Rice Cooker, no boiling water allowed. The key was creating the right consistency of the pasta as it cooked in the meat sauce. The starch from the dried pasta releases into the sauce during cooking which makes for a heartier, more stew-like consistency. If you like a more saucy pasta, simply reserve some sauce to stir in just before serving. I can assure you this tastes better than any packaged or ready-made version out there. And this one was ready in a snap, just as my children finished their homework.
1 lb ground beef or pork or a mixture
1 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tbsp parsley, chopped
1 qt crushed tomatoes
1 cup tomato juice
salt and pepper to taste
2 cups penne or other short pasta
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
On Sauté-Then-Simmer™ sauté onion and garlic in olive oil until soft. Add ground meat and brown until cooked through.
Pour in tomatoes, tomato juice and parsley, season with salt and pepper and add pasta. Close the lid and continue cooking for the amount of time indicated in the pasta cooking directions.
Stir and serve with Parmesan cheese.
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