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Spaghetti with Meat Sauce
with carrot salad

Active: 30 min Total: 40 min

Cold February weather calls for hearty meals and this spaghetti with meat sauce delivers. The crunchy carrot salad on the side provides the perfect tart accompaniment to cut through a rich tomato sauce.

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Ingredients

Servings:
4
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Spaghetti with Meat Sauce:
  • Garlic - 3 cloves, minced
  • Onions - 1, diced
  • Bell peppers, green - 1, diced
  • Parsley, fresh - 3 Tbsp, chopped
  • Spaghetti - 8 to 10 oz
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Ground beef, lean - 1 lb
  • Tomato paste - 2 Tbsp
  • Ketchup - 2 Tbsp
  • Crushed tomatoes (28oz / 794g) - 1 can
  • Basil, dried - 1 tsp
  • Oregano, dried - 1 tsp
  • Parmesan (opt) - for serving
Carrot Salad with Red Wine Vinaigrette:
  • Parsley, fresh - 2 Tbsp, chopped
  • Carrots - 1/2 lb, peeled into ribbons
  • Brown sugar - 1/2 tsp
  • Vinegar, red wine - 1 Tbsp
  • Vinegar, balsamic - 1/2 Tbsp
  • Mustard, dijon - 1/2 tsp
  • Oil, cooking - 2 Tbsp

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Prep

  1. Garlic / Onions / Green peppers / Parsley (for spaghetti & carrot salad) - Prep as directed. (Can be done up to 4 days ahead)
  2. Carrots - If prepping right before dinner, get sauce simmering before returning to this prep step. Use a peeler to shave carrots into strips. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)

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Make

  1. Cook pasta according to package instructions.
  2. Heat a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add cooking oil and then garlic, onions, and green peppers to heated oil with a sprinkle of salt. Saute until softened, ~3 minutes.
  3. Fold in ground beef, breaking up with a wooden spoon. Brown for 4 to 6 minutes.
  4. Add tomato paste and ketchup and saute for another 2 minutes.
  5. Pour in crushed tomatoes, basil, and oregano. Stir and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes.
  6. While sauce cooks, make vinaigrette for carrot salad by whisking together brown sugar, red wine vinegar, balsamic vinegar, Dijon, and cooking oil. Toss shaved carrots with vinaigrette and parsley.
  7. Taste and season meat sauce with more salt, pepper, spices, or tomato paste. Divide pasta onto plates and cover in meat sauce. Finish with parmesan and parsley. Enjoy with carrot salad on the side.

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (121)
Gluten-free (6)
Paleo (17)
Vegetarian (21)

52 reviews

Great spaghetti alternative

By: Brodie
Posted: Jun 23, 2017
Diet: Paleo
0 Helpful

Spaghetti was pretty good. I added some brown sugar to the meat sauce for a little sweetness. The carrot salad was mediocre.

By: Jennifer
Posted: May 04, 2017
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Great!! Substituted turkey for the beef

By: Kate
Posted: Aug 15, 2016
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Would have been better with italian sausage.

By: Mary
Posted: Mar 08, 2016
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Much better than I expected especially since it was my first time making the zucchini ribbions. The meat sauce was really good! I left out the ketchup.

By: Rebecca
Posted: Mar 02, 2016
Diet: Paleo
0 Helpful

Used veggie grounds

By: Sara
Posted: Mar 02, 2016
Diet: Original
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