Easy Texas Lonestar Pasta Bolognese

Today I’m sharing a pasta dish with you, courtesy of our sponsor Skinner® pasta.  I hope you’ll love it!

As you may know, I’m now a Texan.  Becoming a Texan has been easier than I imagined, as coming from a very proud state (both Virginia and West Virginia), I know how to puff up my chest and take one for my team.  Will I ever not consider myself a Virginian? Doubtful. But I do claim Texas as my own now, and for lots of reasons.

Why?

Well, Texas is similar to Virginia in that it loves its sports teams. Actually, Texas has a LOT of sports teams to stand behind. Personally, I’ve become a fan of Texas football.  At times I’ll try to watch baseball.

Texas also has Poker. Texas Hold ‘Em?  I like it. Heck, I know quite a few professional poker players now, and know even more players that spend weeks at a time in Vegas playing in the big tournaments.

What I REALLY love about Texas though?  The foods now available to me in my grocery stores.

Coming from a small Virginia town to a small city in Texas has broadened my shopping experiences entirely.  From fresh fruits and veggies to local meats, I’m in heaven.  But not just that!  I’ve also stumbled upon my new favorite pasta: Skinner.  What first made me notice it was a sweet sale at half price, but then the ease of cooking it and the taste. It’s fantastic, and it’s made in Texas!  So of course, you can imagine I was thrilled when I was asked to work with Skinner on a recipe post.

Pasta is one of the easiest and friendliest dinner dishes there is, and if you have a kid in the house, you know it’s a staple not to be without. Seven, my 9 year old, could live on pasta, so I try to keep it on the shelf at all times.  What makes Skinner so friendly is that it more than fits my budget, it also offers up a lot of options.  From spaghetti to fettuccine to elbows and penne, Skinner has pasta covered.  But the most fun? TEXAS shaped pasta!

For my recipe, I chose to keep it simple, Texan, and fun.  Of course I used that Texas shaped bag of pasta, but that’s not the only Texan thing about this dish.  I spruced up my typical Bolognese sauce with  diced Texas Sweet onions and cilantro. Hey! It’s Texas! Cilantro is EVERYWHERE, and I adore it. It adds such a fun and fresh flavor to everything you add it to, including this dish. Seven was skeptical at first, but after one bite, he was sold.  He loved the fun shape of the noodles (as did I) and couldn’t get enough of it.

If you’re into Texas, this is the dish (and brand!) for you! Give this simple and fun recipe a go, perhaps for friends? You can’t get much friendlier than pasta!  Plus, August 6th is National Friendship Day…what better way to celebrate?

Enjoy!

Easy Texas Lonestar Pasta Bolognese

Serves 6

Ingredients

  • 1 Package Skinner Texas Shaped pasta
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 sweet onion, diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 cups favorite pasta sauce
  • 3 tablespoons fresh cilantro
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

  1. Bring salted water to boil; add dry pasta and cook according to package directions.
  2. In a large, deep skillet, cook onions in butter over medium heat.  Add ground beef and cook until browned.  Drain any grease, if necessary.
  3. Add pasta sauce and stir until warmed.
  4. Drain cooked pasta, then plate and top with pasta sauce. Add cilantro and seasoning as desired.

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Disclaimer: As mentioned, this post is in sponsorship with Skinner pasta. All thoughts and opinions are my own.