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Linguine with Easy Meat Sauce

Photo: John Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr
Yield Serves 4
For picky eaters, try serving this easy meat sauce over whimsically shaped pasta, like bow ties, rotini, or wagon wheels.

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

Nutrition 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

How to Make It

  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.