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Linguine with Easy Meat Sauce

For picky eaters, try serving this easy meat sauce over whimsically shaped pasta, like bow ties, rotini, or wagon wheels.

Cooking Light OCTOBER 2011

  • Yield: Serves 4


  • 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


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.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 296
  • Fat: 4.9g
  • Saturated fat: 2g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 1g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.3g
  • Protein: 20.7g
  • Carbohydrate: 43.6g
  • Fiber: 3.3g
  • Cholesterol: 68mg
  • Iron: 3.4mg
  • Sodium: 530mg
  • Calcium: 66mg

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Linguine with Easy Meat Sauce Recipe