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Cheesy beef pasta

Recipe Information

Servings 8
Preparation Time 15 Minutes
Cook Time 30 Minutes
Total Time 45 Minutes
Difficulty Easy
Main Ingredient Ground Beef; Pasta
Category Meat; Pasta
Meal Lunch; Dinner
Type Main Dish; Side Dish
Cuisine American; Italian
Diet Low Calorie; Low Cholesterol; High Protein

Ingredients

  • 1 pound lean ground beef 

  • 1 onion, diced (about 1 cup)

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 small zucchini, chopped (about 1 1/2 cups)

  • 1 jar (26-28 ounces) tomato-based pasta sauce 

  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil 

  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano 

  • 3/4 teaspoon salt 

  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)

  • 12 ounces rotini pasta (about 4 1/4 cups)

  • 2 ounces shredded cheddar cheese (about 1/2 cups)

  • 6 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese (about 1 1/2 cups)

 

Directions

  • Cook the beef, garlic, onion, and zucchini in a large skillet or Dutch oven until the meat is broken into pieces and browned. Drain the fat.

  • In the same skillet, add the pasta sauce, oregano, basil, salt, and red pepper flakes. Bring the mixture to a simmer. Cook on medium-low heat for about 15 minutes.

  • Follow package directions to cook the pasta in boiling water.

  • Once the pasta is cooked and drained, add it to the sauce in the skillet. Stir in the cheese, and cover until the cheese is melted.

  • Refrigerate leftovers within 1-2 hours.

 

Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories: 280 cal

  • Fat: 11g

  • Saturated fat: 5g

  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0g

  • Monounsaturated fat: 0g

  • Cholesterol: 35mg

  • Sodium: 680mg

  • Potassium: 436mg

  • Carbohydrates: 29g

  • Fiber: 2g

  • Sugar: 6g

  • Protein: 17g