March 12, 2014



It proved to be a long day. He had to wake-up at 5 AM. Suit pressed, shoes shined and in the car by 6:00 in the morning. The sun was just beginning to appear over this vast Texas sky. Traffic was still a bit light as he headed south. Just enough time for quick breakfast and then into meetings for the morning. Strategies were discussed and graphs were presented. Then onto a business lunch to discuss yet more presentations and problem solving techniques. Oh yes, this was followed by two more meetings with VP's and Department Heads. Finally, back on the Interstate just in time for 5:00 PM traffic. Arriving safely at home by 7:00. We sat in the living room for a while to discuss the day. The day to day work environment is never without problems or stress issues. It's a necessity we have all dealt with in order to make our living. How very nice to come home to dinner..it's a comfort we all need.
This is such a delicious and easy meal to prepare for your family. I serve mine with green beans and herb biscuits. My men love this dish!!!!

3 tablespoons butter
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 lb. ground beef
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
Salt to taste
1 (14 1/2 ounce) cans diced tomatoes
1 (14 1/2 ounce) cans tomato sauce with basil, garlic and onion
1/4 cup tomato paste
2/3 cup V-8 juice
2 T. sugar
¾ lb. Penne Pasta

In large pot over medium heat melt butter. Add onion and bell pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic for about 1 minute. Stir in ground beef and cook, stirring and breaking up meat chunks with a spoon. Cook until meat is done, about 7 minutes until no longer pink. Toss herbs and pepper over the meat mixture, add salt to taste, and stir until well mixed.

Add canned tomatoes with their juices, tomato sauce, tomato paste, and tomato juice. Add sugar to taste. Simmer gently while you prepare the pasta.

Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil over high heat. Add pasta and cook until al dente, stirring occasionally. Drain the pasta and add to the ground beef and tomato mixture! (I sometimes omit the green pepper)

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  1. It looks and sounds like perfect comfort food! I would love it if you shared it with my Tasty Tuesday linky party!

  2. I love pasta of any kind. This recipe sounds delicious! Thank you!

    1. I hope you try this Beth...a very, very good recipe!! Thank you for visiting love!

  3. Blessed is the man or woman who works a hard day away from home and can come home to the comfort of such a room as you show, and a wonderful meal. You have expressed and illustrated it well!

    1. Thank you for stopping by Podso! I always love and appreciate your kind comments!

  4. Dear Estelle, I have missed blogging this last week, But I had a lovely visit with my sweet daughter and grandchildren!
    I just read your last few post to catch up! Loved the cute bluebirds! I think your Mother was right about keeping the family treasures.Also your recipe is so similar to one I make! I am always inspired when I read your post! Your a treasure!
    Blessings, Roxy

    1. Hi Roxy! You are so very, very kind. I am so blessed to have blogging friends as sweet as you! Love that you had a wonderful visit with your daughter and grandbabies! Simply wonderful!!!

  5. mmmm. That looks so good and I bet left-overs are tasty reheated the next day.


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