Macarrones (Penne Pasta With Ground Meat)

Joy of Spanish Cooking
by Joy of Spanish Cooking
4-6 Servings
1 hr 20 min


Wow, I can’t believe it’s already July 27th time flies!

Today, I made Macarrones, a very popular dish in Spain, eaten this time of year. I believe that those in places like the USA might think of the beautiful and colorful French meringue sweets, but these are different. It’s pasta. On Sunday, I was able to get in the kitchen (well, “in the kitchen”) FaceTime lol with my grandma and make this dish with her. This is something fairly simple to make, but it does require some technique. And my grandma uses a lot of her techniques in this dish! Trust me, these macarrones are out of this world. This is definitely one of my favorite dishes.

Tomato sauce is done!

Macarrones (Penne Pasta With Ground Meat)
Recipe details
  • 4-6  Servings
  • Prep time: 20 Minutes Cook time: 1 Hours Total time: 1 hr 20 min
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  • 1 lb penne pasta
  • 1/2 lb ground pork
  • 1 medium onion grated
  • 1/2 red bell pepper grated or chopped
  • 2 cloves chopped garlic
  • 4 big tomatoes (better if they are ripe)
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons paprika (Not spicy)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • salt
  • olive oil
  • 1 cup grated cheese
For the tomato sauce:
Place the tomatoes in a boiling pot for a minute (blanch them). Place them immediately into a cold water bath, and then peel them. Place them into a blender and blend for a minute. Set aside.
Boil the pasta following the directions on the package. Once its cooked, reserve 1 cup of the water and set it aside.
With a small pan on low- medium heat, cook the onion until it is extremely brown. While the onion is cooking, mix the pork, pepper and the garlic in a large pan.
Drizzle some olive oil and cook on medium heat until the meat is fully cooked.
Add the tomato sauce, stir to incorporate and then add the brown onion. Stir until everything is well mixed.
Add the pasta into the mixture and stir. Season with salt and add the paprika. Keep stirring.
Add a little bit (1/4 cup) of the water that you previously set aside. Add 1 tablespoon of butter and stir until the butter melts.
If you see that it need a little more moisture, add a little bit more of the water and butter. The pasta should have a little juice running throughout.
Add the grated cheese and stir.