14. Fun family recipe for Spaghetti with Quick Meat Sauce

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Recipe makes 8 servings


  • 1 pound whole-wheat spaghetti
  • 2 Tsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 large carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 pound lean (90% or leaner) ground beef
  • 1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • ¼ cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ tsp salt


Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain. 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, 5-8 minutes. 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, 3-5 minutes. Increase heat to high. Stir in tomatoes and cook until thickened, 4-6 minutes. Stir in parsley and salt. Serve the sauce over the pasta; sprinkle with cheese.

(Retrieved from http://www.choosemyplate.gov/healthy-eating-tips/sample-menus-recipes/SpaghettiAndQuickMeatSauce.pdf)

Fun family recipe for Spaghetti with Quick Meat Sauce