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Spaghetti and meat sauce

55 minutes
4 servings
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Gorgeously meaty with a peppery kick, this Bolognese sauce will have you coming back for more.
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1 lb. 95% lean ground beef
Cooking spray*
1 large onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, seeded and coarsely chopped
2 large carrots, peeled and coarsely chopped
2 celery sticks, sliced
2–3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp. dried oregano
¼ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
¼ tsp. fennel seeds (optional)
1 tsp. salt
½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1 (28-oz.) can crushed tomatoes or whole tomatoes, crushed with your hands, with their juices
2–3 Tbsp. tomato paste
1 lb. dried spaghetti or other pasta
Fresh basil leaves, to serve
*Up to 10 short sprays of any cooking spray are Free. After that, count ½ Syn for every additional 5 sprays.


  1. Crumble the ground beef into a large, heavy, deep skillet or Dutch oven over a medium-high heat. Cook for 4–5 minutes, stirring to break the chunks, until the meat loses its pink color.
  2. Add the onion, bell pepper, carrots, celery, garlic, oregano, fennel (if using), crushed red pepper, salt and black pepper. Cook for 5–7 minutes, stirring often, until the vegetables are crisp-tender.
  3. Stir in the crushed tomatoes and tomato paste and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover and cook gently for 25–30 minutes, stirring often, until the sauce is thick and the vegetables are tender. (Alternatively, transfer all your ingredients to your slow cooker and cook on a high setting for 5–6 hours).
  4. Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to the package directions. Drain and keep warm.
  5. To serve, divide the cooked pasta between 4 or 6 plates and top with the chunky meat sauce. Sprinkle with basil and serve immediately.


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