Thursday, September 25, 2008

My semi-healthy spaghetti


It tasted really good and it was fast and easy.


Ingredients & directions:

  • 1/2 whole wheat thin spaghetti & 1/2 angel hair pasta (its 1/2 of how much you want, depending on how many your feeding).
  • 1 jar of spaghetti sauce
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 medium sized zucchini
  • 1/4 lb ground turkey
  • 1/2 lb lean ground beef
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper

  1. Boil a stock pot halfway full of water. When boiling, add some salt and olive oil to season the water.
  2. Put in the whole wheat pasta only and cook for about 3 minutes. Mixing every now and then so it doesn't stick.
  3. Add the regular pasta and cook together for another 5-6 minutes, just until they are both al dente.
  4. Dice up the onions and zucchini. Roughly chop the garlic.
  5. Heat up a large saute pan and add the ground beef. Cook until browned, remove and add the ground turkey to the pan and cook until browned. Add the ground beef with the ground turkey and also add the diced onions and garlic. This is when you want to add a tbsp of olive oil. (If your using a fattier ground beef, I suggest you drain that fat and use the olive oil instead).
  6. Cook until the onions are almost transluscent and then add the zucchini. Let it cook for about 2-3 minutes stirring occasionally. You can then add the whole jar of tomato sauce. Turn the heat down to med/low, stirring occasionally. Add the salt and pepper to your taste.

Once the pasta is done, immediately turn the heat off and drain the water. Do not run cold water over the pasta! Plate your pasta, add your sauce and your done.

*other stuff*
~if your like me and want to get every bit of sauce out of the jar, I get some of that pasta water and swirl it before adding it to my sauce. I like it because it thins out the sauce just a little bit.
~This was my first time using the Rinaldi spaghetti sauce. I think i'm going to get it from now on. I really, really liked it. I didn't have to add too much to it.
~While cooking the meat together, I added dried oregano to make it taste more "italian".
~I like onion and garlic flavor so I added OnionOnion and GarlicGarlic seasoning from Tastefully Simple. It's a little expensive but its the best stuff...and they don't sell it in stores. No I don't sell it.
~I also like spicy stuff, so after I plated my pasta and tasted it, I added some Sriracha sauce. It was yum!

I think you can guess what this is.

Just added the zucchini to the mix. I usually add my salt and pepper at this stage, then see if I need more after I add the tomato sauce.

And here it is again, the finished product. I couldn't taste the whole wheat pasta, which is good, because the texture is kinda weird. I think next time I will substitute the ground beef with chopped up portabello mushrooms. We'll see how that goes.


Anonymous said...

hi alice!! mmmm looks soooo good.. i'm going to steal your recipe k and try it out =) and if it turns out good then i'm going to let the WHOLE world know it was designed BY ALICE

elvie mclain said...

oh sorry alice didn't realize it said anonymous =) it's me elvie

Yummy in my tummy said...

Thanks Elvie! I hope it turns out well, let me know if you have any questions!

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