141.6…Linguine with Easy Meat Sauce

We are big pasta lovers over here. I don’t think I could ever give up carbs for this reason. When you top pasta with a delicious, rich meat sauce, then you really have my attention.

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I found this recipe for meat sauce out of the October 2011 Cooking Light magazine. It was easy to make as the name implies.

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Linguini with Easy Meat Sauce (serves 8)

Adapted from Cooking Light

1 lb package linguine

1 lb extra-lean ground beef

1 cup chopped onion

2 Tbsp minced fresh garlic

2 1/2 tsp dried oregano

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

6 Tbsp tomato paste

1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes, undrained

1 (14.5 oz) can tomato sauce

1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain.

2. While pasta cooks, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add beef, onion, garlic, oregano, salt and pepper; cook 5 minutes or until beef is browned, stirring to crumble. Stir in tomato paste; cook 1 minute, stirring frequently. Add tomatoes and tomato sauce. Bring to a boil; cook 1 minute. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook 3 minutes or until thickened. Serve over pasta.

Printable Recipe

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I served the pasta with a salad with ranch dressing.

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Awesome and comforting dinner for sure!

This morning’s breakfast was Fage yogurt with strawberries and blackberries.

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I took the kids to school and went to spin class. I skipped doing the Slim in 6 video today because we all couldn’t agree on a time today. I’m not super sad about it. :)

Lunch was a turkey wrap on a Flat Out Wrap with a wedge of Laughing Cow cheese. I made a big salad to go with it.

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I put some avocado in my salad and it took the salad from “just a salad” to “wow!”. I need to be using avocados more often!

I went to a doctor appointment and then to Starbucks for a skinny vanilla latte and to get some work done.

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Afterwards, I picked up the kids from school. When I got home I had a snack of clementines and a Babybel cheese.

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Hubby is working late tonight so I see leftovers in my future. :)

Are you a pasta lover too?

What do you normally put avocado on?


  1. That reminds me of my dinner! I had spaghetti squash with marinara and turkey meatballs. yum!

  2. I love the recipes in cooking light! They're always relatively practical! :)

  3. I love putting avocado with eggs - I've been buying the 100 calorie packs of Wholly Guacamole - I am terrible at buying ripe avocados, and when they are not on sale, its a shame to throw them out!

  4. Your pasta looks delish! I love the recipe for your meat sauce!


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