Pasta is one of the favorite meals in this household. It is not something we eat every night, but we eat it often. So finding a new pasta dish is exciting. Finding a new pasta dish that is healthy is extra exciting. Finding a new pasta dish that the family actually wants to eat again is Da Bomb!!


    3/4 pound whole-wheat fettuccini
    1 tablespoon olive oil
    1 small onion finely chopped (about 1 cup)
    2 carrots, finely chopped (about 1/2 cup)
    2 stalks celery, finely chopped (about 1/2 cup)
    8 ounces mushrooms, finely chopped {Hubs doesn’t like so left them out}
    3 cloves garlic, minced
    1 pound lean ground beef (90 to 95 percent lean)
    2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves or 2 teaspoons dried
    2 (14 1/2-ounce) can no salt added diced tomatoes with juice {I had some canned tomatoes from a friend so I used them, diced}
    1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
    1/4 cup fat-free evaporated milk or regular whole milk
    Salt and pepper to taste
    1/4 cup grated Parmesan

Set a large pot of water on the stove to boil, and cook the fettuccini according to the directions on the box.

In the meantime, heat the oil in a large skillet over a medium-high heat. Add the onion, carrots, and celery and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the mushrooms and cook for 5 minutes more, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic, ground beef, and thyme and cook until the meat is browned, breaking it up into small pieces as it cooks, about 5 minutes.

Stir in the tomatoes and broth and cook for 5 minutes, or until sauce is thickened. Stir in the milk and cook for 1 minute more. Season with salt and pepper.

When the pasta is done, drain it, put it back in the pasta pot, add the sauce and stir the sauce and pasta together. Put into serving bowls and top with Parmesan cheese. {I am including the recipe because it is on the FoodNetwork Channel}

This was so very good. The lightness of the sauce is a lot different from the sauces I usually make. And the carrots and celery added a lot of flavor. Even the Hubs said it was good. Usually it is, “It’s alright!” Win/Win!!

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You can find this recipe on page 163 of Ellie’s The Foods You Crave.