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Makes: 8 cups
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
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Cheesy Beef Pasta
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Prep time: 20 minutesCooking time: 30 minutesTotal time: 50 minutes


1⁄2 pound
lean ground beef (15% fat)
onion, diced (about 1 cup)
2 cloves
garlic, minced, or 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
small zucchini, chopped (about 1 1/2 cups)
jar (24 to 26 ounces) tomato based pasta sauce
1⁄2 teaspoon
dried basil
1⁄2 teaspoon
dried oregano
1⁄4 teaspoon
hot red pepper flakes (optional)
12 ounces
rotini pasta (about 4 cups)
2 ounces
shredded cheddar cheese (about 1/2 cup)
6 ounces
shredded mozzarella cheese (about 1 1/2 cups)


  1. In a large skillet, cook beef, onion, garlic and zucchini over medium-high heat (350 degrees in an electric skillet) until meat is browned and broken into pieces. Drain any fat.
  2. Add the pasta sauce, basil, oregano and red pepper flakes, if desired. Bring to a simmer and cook on medium low (275 degrees in an electric skillet) for 15 minutes.
  3. Cook the pasta in boiling water according to package directions.
  4. Drain the pasta and add to the sauce in the skillet. Stir in the cheese and cover until the cheese is melted.
  5. Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours.


  • Substitute broccoli for zucchini. Cook fresh broccoli with the pasta in step 3 or add frozen broccoli in step 2.
Serving Size: 
1 cup
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  • a glass of low-fat milk
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