Amazing Pasta with Beef and Vegetables

I love eating pasta, especially good quality pasta! When I do make pasta, sometimes I feel guilty that there isn’t enough vegetables, or that it’s not a balanced meal, and possibly too many carbs. I get really hard on myself on days where I make pasta, mostly because I want dinners to be as nutrient dense as possible. So, I created this feel-good pasta that checks all the boxes and tastes ridiculously good!

The quality of the pasta does matter, so if you want to take your pasta dinner up a notch (or too) get good quality pasta. For this recipe I used Jovial’s Fusilli pasta. Their pasta is top quality, and they have all sorts of gluten based, and gluten free options!

I also want to share that although this recipe has a few components before it all comes together, I break it down for you in the simplest way so that you can easily follow it. I also give you some tips to help save you from additional dishes to wash.

If you are a vegetarian, or just don’t want any meat in your pasta, feel free to omit the meat! Another option would be to substitute the meat with mushrooms. This is a really great recipe to try anytime you are looking to change up your pasta nights!

Prep time: 10 minutesCook Time: 25-30 minutes
Serves: 4Total time: 40 minutes

For tomatoes
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (my favorite)
1 cup cherry tomatoes
1/4 tsp salt

For Meat
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/2 onion (I used yellow)
1/2 pound ground beef (I used 85% lean grassfed)

For Pasta
12 oz. packet of fusilli (or your favorite) pasta
(I used this one)
Filtered water (about 4-5 quarts) check instructions on pasta package
1 tsp salt (for pasta)

3 tbsp tomato sauce or strained tomatoes ( I lovee and used these)
2 tbsp red pepper paste
1 tsp salt (for ground beef) 2 tbsp pasta water

1/2 bunch spinach (about 1 1/2 cups roughly chopped)
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp black pepper

Additional salt and pepper to taste if needed

1. Slice cherry tomatoes in half and set aside.

2. Add 1 tbsp olive oil to a large pan on medium heat, add sliced cherry tomatoes.

3. Add salt and cook for about 5 minutes or until tomatoes are wilted. Set aside into a small bowl. *(You can use the same pan for the next step, no need to wash it. Just make sure there is no oil spills on the outside of the pan.)

This is my favorite pan I love to use.

4. Dice onions and set aside.

5. Add 1 tbsp olive oil to your large pan on medium heat, add in diced onions, cook for about 3 minutes, stirring each minute.

6. Add ground beef to the onion mixture and stir by breaking down the meat with a large spatula.
7. Once there is no pink left on the beef (about 5-7 minutes) add paprika, pepper paste, tomato sauce, and salt. Stir and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes, then turn heat off.

8. Cook pasta according to package instructions, and reserve 2 tbsp of pasta water.

*Tip Add salt to the pasta water after the water starts to boil.

9. Once you have your reserved pasta water, add it to the beef mixture. Then add cooked tomatoes and roughly spinach to the beef mixture, then add paprika and black pepper, and cook on medium heat for about 3-4 minutes.

10. Add the beef and vegetable mixture to the pasta, stir and enjoy!

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Published by cookingwithrips

Hello and welcome to my site! My name is Rips and I am thrilled to share my passion with you! I am just a girl who loves to bake and cook. It’s one of my favorite things to do and is rewarding in so many ways! It teaches me to be present and helps me relieve stress. I grew up watching both my parents cook the most delicious food you could possibly imagine! Cooking healthy food for each other was something we did for the ones we cared about. Shortly after, I picked up on that habit. I come from a Mediterranean background and I bring that to a lot of my recipes with lots of modern adaptations. I have been baking and cooking for over 15 years and truly find the most joy in it! I also recently wrote and self published my first recipe book called Ripsy's Recipe's on Amazon (I will link below). Ripsy's Recipes has some amazing healthy recipes with gluten free and vegan options that everyone can enjoy. I really wanted to create an easy to follow, non intimidating healthy recipe book for you to love. It truly is my go-to for quick, healthy, easy, delicious meals! The best part of making food is I get to eat it and feed my loved ones. I am very mindful of the ingredients I use in my recipes; at the same time; I still like to indulge in dessert! My dessert recipes are lower in sugar than in any recipe or store bought dessert you will ever find (and they taste amazing). As a result, my family and I get to enjoy it without the guilt. My greatest joy comes from sharing what I make with the people I care about most, and now, you will have access to that too. I hope you try my recipes and love them as much as my family and I do! Namaste Friends!

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