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PICT RECIPE Spaghetti With Quick Meat Sauce - USDA

Spaghetti With Quick Meat Sauce - USDA

Makes: 8 Servings

Instead of opening a jar of sauce, try this easy spaghetti with meat sauce on a weeknight. Serve with steamed broccoli, garlic bread, and roasted pears for dessert. The recipe makes enough for 8 servings. If you’re serving only four for dinner, cook 8 ounces of spaghetti and freeze the leftover sauce.


  • 1 pound whole-wheat spaghetti
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 large carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% or leaner)
  • 1 14-oz cans crushed tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. 
  3. Add onion, carrot, and celery and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is beginning to brown, 5-8 minutes. 
  4. Stir in garlic and Italian seasoning; cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. 
  5. Add beef and cook, stirring and breaking up with a spoon, until no longer pink, 3-5 minutes. 
  6. Increase heat to high. Stir in tomatoes and cook until thickened, 4-6 minutes. 
  7. Stir in parsley and salt. Serve the sauce over the pasta, sprinkled with cheese. 

Source: EatingWell Magazine

Nutrition Information

Serving Size: 1 serving



Total Calories


Total Fat

9 g

Saturated Fat

3 g


48 mg


416 mg


53 g

Dietary Fiber

9 g

Total Sugars

6 g

Added Sugars included

0 g


28 g

Vitamin D

0 mcg


134 mg


5 mg


709 mg