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Spaghetti with tomato-meat sauce

SmartPoints® value per serving
Total Time
35 min
20 min
15 min
A good meat sauce recipe is a thing of beauty. Over pasta, potatoes, barley or couscous, the comforting combination of tomatoes and rich beef fill the belly and the soul. This sauce is simple to prepare and ready in just over 30 minutes. Make a double batch for future meals as leftovers freeze beautifully for up to 2 months making for a great last-minute meal option anytime. Serve with a crunchy loaf of garlic bread for a traditional Italian meal or toss together a quick arugula salad dressed with some lemon juice and olive oil for a more modern take.


Olive oil

2 tsp

Uncooked onion(s)

1 large, chopped

Uncooked carrot(s)

1 medium, finely chopped

Garlic clove(s)

3 medium clove(s), minced

Uncooked 93% lean ground beef

1 pound(s)

Canned crushed tomatoes

28 oz, in tomato puree

Table salt

¼ tsp

Red pepper flakes

¼ tsp, crushed

Dried basil

¼ tsp

Cooked whole-wheat spaghetti

3 cup(s), kept hot


  1. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, carrot and garlic. Cook, stirring frequently, until onion is translucent, about 6 minutes.
  2. Add ground beef to skillet. Cook, breaking up clumps with a wooden spoon, until browned, about 4 minutes.
  3. Stir in tomatoes and tomato puree, salt, red pepper flakes and basil; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes for flavors to blend and for sauce to thicken slightly; spoon sauce over spaghetti. Yields about 1/2 cup of spaghetti and 2/3 cup of sauce per serving.


Add a delicious Parmesan-infused crumb topping to spaghetti recipes: Heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil in a small nonstick skillet. Add 1/3 cup of coarse whole-wheat bread crumbs. Cook on high heat for 1 minute, shaking skillet constantly, until crumbs are aromatic and slightly browned. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of grated Parmesan cheese and shake well to coat. Remove from heat and sprinkle 1 tablespoon of crumbs over each dish just before serving. (Could affect SmartPoints values.)