Spaghetti with Quick Meat Sauce

Spaghetti with Quick Meat Sauce



1 pound whole-wheat spaghetti
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
1 large carrot, finely chopped
1 stalk celery, finely chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
1 pound lean ground beef (90% or leaner)
1 14-oz cans crushed tomatoes
1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  3. Add onion, carrot, and celery and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is beginning to brown, 5-8 minutes.
  4. Stir in garlic and Italian seasoning; cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  5. Add beef and cook, stirring and breaking up with a spoon, until no longer pink, 3-5 minutes.
  6. Increase heat to high. Stir in tomatoes and cook until thickened, 4-6 minutes.
  7. Stir in parsley and salt. Serve the sauce over the pasta, sprinkled with cheese. 

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