Meat lovers everywhere know that pasta provides a great recipe combination when looking for a hearty meal. Pasta is high in carbohydrates, and adding meat can also add protein, increasing the meal’s nutritional value. It’s easy to get in a rut going to spaghetti and meatballs when trying to get your meat fix on pasta night, so here are five pasta recipes to help mix up your heartiest of pasta dishes.
Spaghetti Bolognese is an oldie but goodie. Bolognese sauce has tomatoes, carrots, onions, garlic, and a lot of minced pork and beef to give it a thick and hearty texture. Use your favorite spaghetti and mix it with this famous Bolognese sauce recipe from Marcella Hazan in the New York Times. Top with mozzarella or parmesan cheese for the perfect balance of Italian flavor.
Meat Lover’s Pizza Pasta Bake
There always comes a time when you need to eat at home, but your kids just want pizza. This pizza pasta bake is a great combination of both to keep your kids happy and your budget on balance. With sausage and pepperoni, the savory taste of pizza toppings comes through with every bite. It’s also easy to prepare, just mix the ingredients together and pop it in the oven.
Creamy Pasta with Bacon
While most people associate bacon with breakfast, it’s perfect for pasta. By adding bacon to your pasta, you also add a unique texture and savory, salty flavor that will leave you wanting more. This creamy pasta with bacon from Taste of Home is similar to a pasta Alfredo, but using crispy bacon provides a different approach. Do you still want more protein in your pasta? Stir in some diced chicken or ground sausage.
Three Meat Pasta
If you are looking to feed a starving crew, then look no further than the triple threat of the three meat pasta from Paula Deen. This recipe calls for chicken, sausage, and ham to provide ample amount of protein with each bite. A cheesy sauce balances out the pasta and meat, leaving even the pickiest of eaters wanting more ooey-gooey bites.
Cheesy Beef and Veggie Pasta
While hearty pasta with meatballs, chicken, and bacon sound delicious to meat-enthusiasts, vegetables are an equally important part of mealtime. Combing meats and vegetables with pasta is an easy way to get a variety of nutrients from your meals. If you are short on time, try this cheesy beef and veggie pasta, which has the best of both worlds.