Linguine with Easy Meat Sauce

Photo: John Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr
For picky eaters, try serving this easy meat sauce over whimsically shaped pasta, like bow ties, rotini, or wagon wheels.

Yield:

Serves 4

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Nutritional Information

Calories 296
Fat 4.9 g
Satfat 2 g
Monofat 1 g
Polyfat 0.3 g
Protein 20.7 g
Carbohydrate 43.6 g
Fiber 3.3 g
Cholesterol 68 mg
Iron 3.4 mg
Sodium 530 mg
Calcium 66 mg

Ingredients

1 (9-ounce) package fresh linguine
1/2 pound extra-lean ground beef
1/2 cup prechopped onion
1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
1/4 cup (1 ounce) shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
1 tablespoon fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves

Preparation

1. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain.

2. While pasta cooks, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add beef, onion, garlic, oregano, and salt; cook 5 minutes or until beef is browned, stirring to crumble. Stir in tomato paste; cook 1 minute, stirring frequently. Add tomatoes. Bring to a boil; cook 1 minute. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook 3 minutes or until thickened. Serve over pasta; top with cheese and parsley.

Note:

David Bonom,

October 2011