The best part is that, apart from cooking the pasta, the whole thing comes together in one pot. I'm all about fewer dishes, since we don't currently have a dishwasher.
What You Need
1 lb ground meat (I use ground chicken or turkey)
1 box pasta (I use something small, like mini bow ties)
1 jar pasta sauce (I always use Prego Chunky Garden)
1 bag frozen peas and carrots (you could also use broccoli, or spinach, Ellie just loves peas and carrots)
Parmesan cheese (optional)
salt and pepper, to taste (I leave this out because Ellie is too little for salt)
What To Do
-Cook the pasta. I cook it a little softer than usual just to help Ellie out. She still only has six teeth, and I'd like to avoid choking.
-While the pasta is cooking, brown the meat in a large skillet on medium high heat.
-Add the pasta sauce, peas and carrots to the browned meat. Reduce the heat to medium low and cover with a lid. Allow the sauce to simmer.
-When the pasta is done cooking, add it directly to the skillet. Add Parmesan cheese. Stir to combine.
-Turn the heat off and let the mixture sit for just a few minutes. The pasta will absorb the remaining pasta sauce, and it will be extra yummy.
My taste-tester approves.