Pasta for a Quick and Easy Meal
Pasta is a great standby for quick and easy meals. If you want to add some variety to the pasta dishes
you usually turn to, try these recipes for a tasty Spaghetti Bolognese or a Linguine topped with Fresh
Tomato and Basil! Your family with love this Spaghetti Bolognese recipe. It is quick, easy, and family
friendly. Using the whole-wheat or whole-grain spaghetti give this dish a healthy touch by adding more
fiber to your family's diet. It is practically sugar-free, contains meat, vegetables, grain, and a touch of dairy
with the grated Parmesan. Add a tossed salad or steamed broccoli for a healthy meal. For a lighter pasta
dish, try the Fresh Tomato and Basil Linguine. It is so good and it is guilt-free! Now that is a real deal!!
1 lb lean ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
1 can (15-oz) diced tomatoes
1 can (8-oz) tomato sauce
4 bay leaves
1 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
1 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
8-oz thin whole-wheat spaghetti
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
In a large skillet over medium heat cook the ground beef and onion until the beef is crumbled and
browned; drain well in a colander. Wipe skillet out with a paper towel and return beef and onion to the
pan. Stir in the undrained tomatoes and the tomato sauce. Add the bay leaves, Italian seasoning and the
Worcestershire sauce. Cover skillet and simmer about 25 minutes or until slightly thickened, stirring
occasionally. Discard bay leaves before serving. If you want to serve a crusty whole-grain bread with your
pasta, try serving it with the Bread Dipping Sauce at the end of this article. One tasty family meal coming
Meanwhile cook the spaghetti according to the package directions.
To serve, spoon the sauce over the hot spaghetti and sprinkle with the grated Parmesan.
Yield: 4 servings
FRESH TOMATO AND BASIL LINGUINE
8-oz uncooked linguine
3 medium tomatoes, chopped
1/3 cup fresh basil that's chopped fine
1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
3/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
Cook the linguine according to the package directions.
While linguine cooks, mix the tomatoes, olive oil, basil, garlic, salt and pepper together in a large bowl.
Add the cooked and drained linguine and the Parmesan cheeses to the tomato mixture and toss to coat.
Serve immediately while linguine is hot.
Yield: 4 1-cup servings.
BREAD DIPPING SAUCE
1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 tsp grated Parmesan cheese
Freshly ground black pepper to suit taste
Yield: 1 serving
For more servings, multiply the ingredients by the number of servings needed.