Spaghetti with Tomato-Meat Sauce
POINTS® Value: 5
Preparation Time: 20 min
Cooking Time: 15 min
Level of Difficulty: Easy
We all need comfort food from time to time and this meat sauce does the trick. It's wonderful spooned over pasta, a baked potato, couscous or barley.
Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, carrot and garlic. Cook, stirring frequently, until onion is translucent, about 6 minutes.
Add ground beef to skillet. Cook, breaking up clumps with a wooden spoon, until browned, about 4 minutes. Stir in tomatoes and puree, salt, red pepper flakes and basil; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes for flavors to blend and for sauce to thicken slightly; spoon sauce over spaghetti. Yields about 1/2 cup of spaghetti and 2/3 cup of sauce per serving.
Refrigerate extra sauce for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 2 months.
Add a delicious Parmesan-infused crumb topping to spaghetti recipes: Heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil in a small nonstick skillet. Add 1/3 cup of coarse whole-wheat bread crumbs. Cook on high heat for 1 minute, shaking skillet constantly, until crumbs are aromatic and slightly browned. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of grated Parmesan cheese and shake well to coat. Remove from heat and sprinkle 1 tablespoon of crumbs over each dish just before serving. (Adds 1 POINTS value per serving.)