143.2…Beef and Mushroom Ragu with Fettuccine

I couldn’t wait to blog about my dinner tonight. It was the perfect dinner on a cold night. Comforting and fabulous.

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Beef and Mushroom Ragu with Fettuccine (Serves 4)

Recipe adapted from Real Simple, October 2012


  • 1/2 pound fettuccine
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 10 ounces button mushrooms, quartered
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 4 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1 14.5-ounce can Italian-style diced tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup tomato sauce
  • grated Parmesan, for serving


  1. Cook the pasta according to the package directions; drain and return it to the pot.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms, onion, garlic, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper and cook, stirring frequently, until the onion is soft, 5 to 7 minutes.
  3. Add the beef to the skillet and cook, breaking it up with a spoon, until browned, 3 to 5 minutes.
  4. Add the tomato paste and cook, stirring, until slightly darkened, about 1 minute. Add the wine and cook, stirring, until nearly evaporated, about 1 minute. Add the tomatoes (and their juices) & tomato sauce and simmer until the liquid is slightly thickened, 4 to 5 minutes.
  5. Add the sauce to the pasta and toss to combine. Serve sprinkled with the Parmesan.

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Along with a Caesar salad it was a fabulous meal!

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Dinner last night was Slow Cooker Rotel Chicken Burrito leftovers.

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When I was in Japan, I bought the kids a Pokémon pancake mold. We broke it out this morning for Pikachu pancakes. :)

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Besides over filling the mold a bit, they turned out pretty good!

My breakfast was scrambled egg beaters with salsa, green onions, turkey and cheddar cheese.

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I spent most of the day picking up the house and tackling my to-do list. Lunch was a tuna sandwich and Cool Ranch Doritos. I’m trying to make space in my refrigerator for Thanksgiving so I’m running out of fresh food. :)

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One of the things on my to-do list was to put up the tree (aka Hanukkah Bush):

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‘Tis the season!

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