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Spaghetti with Quick Meat Sauce

Spaghetti with Quick Meat Sauce

Instead of opening a jar of sauce, try this easy spaghetti with meat sauce on a weeknight. 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.


8 cups pasta and about 6 cups sauce

Prep Time

30 minutes

Total Time

30 minutes


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


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook pasta until just tender, 8 to 10 minutes or according to package directions. Drain.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion, carrot and celery and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is beginning to brown, 5 to 8 minutes.
  3. Stir in garlic and Italian seasoning; cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add beef and cook, stirring and breaking up with a spoon, until no longer pink, 3 to 5 minutes. Increase heat to high. Stir in tomatoes and cook until thickened, 4 to 6 minutes. Stir in parsley and salt.
  4. Serve the sauce over the pasta, sprinkled with cheese.


To make ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

Nutrition Facts

Per serving (recipe makes 8 cups pasta and about 6 cups sauce)

Calories 368.16kcal
Carbohydrate Total 53.03g
Total Sugars 7.25g
Added Sugars 0g
Fiber 7.94g
Total Fat 9.44g
Saturated Fat 3.15g
Mono Saturated Fat 3.56g
Cholesterol 1.13mg
Sodium 464.11mg
Protein 22.26g
Potassium 776.14mg
Calcium 118.76mg
Chromium 1.03mcg
Folate 66.41mcg
Iron 4.94mg
Magnesium 109.91mg
Omega-6 1g
Trans Fatty Acid 0g
Vitamin A 1952.16IU
Vitamin D 1.88IU
Vitamin B12 3.62mcg
Vitamin C 14.17mg
Vitamin E 2mg
Zinc 4.91mg
Phosphorus 355.08mg
Vitamin B3 8.03mg

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