I call this my man catching pasta.
And believe me – it works. Just ask my husband. This is easily his favorite meal of mine I make.
(Most) men love a good hearty meal. Who doesn’t? I love pastas because they feel warm and comforting – and keep me full. What I don’t love about traditional pasta recipes are the empty carb filled noodles and the sugar-packed sauces. I love pasta, but I just don’t love the extra crap.
I used to make this red sauce + ground meat pasta recipe with traditional white noodles, red sauce, and ground beef, but with a few simple swaps I’ve managed to make this recipe not just tasty, but healthy.
A couple things to note before we dive into the recipe itself…
★ Don’t @ me, but I’m all about a jarred sauce situation. But like, a specific jarred sauce. I am married to Rao’s homemade sauces. Most jarred sauces are packed with added sugar, but Rao’s is literally as if you made the sauce yourself at home. Delicious – and none of the “bad” stuff.
★ This recipe is incredibly flexible. You can totally do this recipe sans meat if you’re vegetarian. I even sometimes pack this dish with more veggies (like sautéing spinach into it!).
★ You definitely don’t need a man. But like, if you’re in the early stages of dating, whip this recipe out and watch him salivate.
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