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Spaghetti With Quick Meat Sauce

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Spaghetti With Quick Meat Sauce

Instead of opening a jar of sauce, try this easy spaghetti with meat sauce on a weeknight. Serve with steamed broccoli and garlic bread. The recipe makes enough for 8 servings. If you’re serving only four for dinner, cook 8 ounces of spaghetti and freeze the leftover sauce.

This Recipe Is:
Prep: 30 minutes | Total Time: 30 minutes
  • 1   pound
    whole-wheat spaghetti
  • 2   teaspoons
    extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1  
    large onion, finely chopped
  • 1  
    large carrot, finely chopped
  • 1   stalk
    celery, finely chopped
  • 4   cloves
    garlic, minced
  • 1   tablespoon
    Italian seasoning
  • 1   pound
    lean (90% or leaner) ground beef
  • 1   28-ounce can
    crushed tomatoes
  • 1/4   cup
    chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/2   teaspoon
  • 1/2   cup
    grated Parmesan cheese
  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook pasta until just tender, 8 to 10 minutes or according to package directions. Drain.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion, carrot and celery and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is beginning to brown, 5 to 8 minutes.
  3. Stir in garlic and Italian seasoning; cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add beef and cook, stirring and breaking up with a spoon, until no longer pink, 3 to 5 minutes. Increase heat to high. Stir in tomatoes and cook until thickened, 4 to 6 minutes. Stir in parsley and salt.
  4. Serve the sauce over the pasta, sprinkled with cheese.


Nutritional Information

Makes: 8 servings, 1 cup pasta & generous 3/4 cup sauce each
  • Calories384
  • Fat9 g
    • Saturated fat3 g
  • Cholesterol48 mg
  • Carbohydrates52 g
    • Dietary fiber10 g
  • Protein28 g
  • Sodium416 mg
* Nutritional Guidelines based on the USDA's MyPlate Standards.


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