Meat Sauce

My son loves to nosh on pasta, my husband is a fan of meat and this recipe takes less than 30 minutes to prepare, which makes this dinner a win win for the whole family! This recipe is great for sneaking in whole grain pasta since the sauce is thick and flavorful and will cover up the flavor if your kids are not usually a fan of the healthier carb.

1 box of rotini pasta ( I use whole wheat or whole grain)
1 onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, diced
1 red pepper, cut into strips
ground beef
1 can of diced tomatoes
1 small can of tomato sauce
1/4 cup ketchup
1/4 cup of sugar

Prepare pasta as directed on box. While the pasta cooked, fry up the onions and garlic in a pan. Once golden add the strips of pepper. Cook until soft and tender. Then add the beef and brown until no longer red. Once that has cooked add the can of diced tomatoes and the tomato sauce, the ketchup, the sugar and spice with: salt, pepper, paprika, garlic and oregano. (I sprinkles in about 2 teaspoons each and taste to see if more is needed) Let it simmer for about 5 minutes then combine with pasta.

~ Recipe submitted by Nina Safar

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