Greek-Style Beef and Pasta

Put dinner worries on the back burner with this one-dish meal for five, ready in 30 minutes.

  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 30 min
  • Servings 5

Ingredients

2 1/2
cups uncooked penne pasta (8 oz)
2
slices bacon, chopped
1
small onion, chopped
1
lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
1/2
cup pitted kalamata olives
1
can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano, undrained
1
can (8 oz) tomato sauce
1
teaspoon dried oregano leaves
1/2
teaspoon salt
3/4
cup crumbled feta cheese (4 oz)
  • 1 Cook and drain pasta as directed on package; cover to keep warm.
  • 2 Meanwhile, in 12-inch skillet, cook bacon and onion over medium heat until bacon is crisp, stirring frequently. Add ground beef. Cook 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until beef is thoroughly cooked; drain.
  • 3 Stir in olives, tomatoes, tomato sauce, oregano and salt. Reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thoroughly heated. Serve over cooked pasta; sprinkle cheese over top.

Expert Tips

Feta cheese is typically used in Greek dishes. If your family prefers, you could use Parmesan or mozzarella cheese.

A simple green salad with cucumbers and tomatoes topped with a purchased vinaigrette dressing is the perfect side for the meal.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
460
(
Calories from Fat
170),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
19g
19%
(Saturated Fat
8g,
8%
Trans Fat
1g
1%
),
Cholesterol
80mg
80%;
Sodium
1250mg
1250%;
Total Carbohydrate
45g
45%
(Dietary Fiber
5g
5%
  Sugars
6g
6%
),
Protein
28g
28%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
8%;
Vitamin C
10%;
Calcium
20%;
Iron
30%;
Exchanges:
2 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
3
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.