Whole-Wheat Fusilli with Beef Ragu

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Serving size 6
Prep Time
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Ingredients

8 oz 90%-lean ground beef1 tsp extra virgin olive oil2 medium carrots, chopped1 stalk celery, chopped6 oz cremini or baby bella mushrooms, wiped clean and coarsely chopped (2 cup)2 cloves garlic, minced1 can 28-ounce diced tomatoes (not drained)½ cup dry red wine2 tsp fennel seeds, crushed large pinch of crushed red pepper¼ tsp salt, or to taste12 oz whole-wheat fusilli or rotini2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley (optional)6 Tbsp freshly grated parmesan cheese (optional)1 medium onion, chopped

Directions

  1. Cook beef in a large skillet over medium-high heat, breaking it up with a wooden spoon, until browned, 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a strainer or colander and drain off fat.
  2. Heat oil in the skillet over medium-high heat. Add carrots, onion and celery; cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion softens and begins to brown, 4 to 5 minutes. Add mushrooms and garlic; reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally, until the mushrooms begin to soften, 3 to 4 minutes.
  3. Add tomatoes and mash with a potato masher. Add wine, fennel seeds, crushed red pepper, salt and the meat; bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low; cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the sauce is slightly thickened and the flavors have developed, about 30 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook pasta until just tender, 9 to 11 minutes or according to package directions. Drain and toss with the sauce. Sprinkle with parsley, if desired. Pass Parmesan separately, if using.

Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 3. Cover and refrigerate the sauce for up to 2 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

If you're only serving 2 or 3 people, toss half the sauce with 6 ounces cooked pasta; freeze the remaining sauce. If you're serving more than 6 or are just feeling industrious, you can easily double the sauce recipe

Pasta cooked al dente has a lower glycemic index than overcooked pasta, and whole-wheat choices are lower than white.

Nutrition Facts

Provided by: EatingWell

Per Single Serving / Serves 6 Total

  • Calories 318
  • Calories from fat 27
  • Total Fat 3gm 5%
  • Saturated Fat 1gm 5%
  • Monounsaturated Fat 1gm
  • Sodium 213mg 9%
  • Total Carbohydrates 55gm 18%
  • Fiber 9gm 9%
  • Protein 17gm
  • Cholesterol 23mg 8%
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Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Tags: Dinner, Healthy, Low Calorie, Beef, Pasta, Italian, Easy, Spring

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