Photographer: Burris, Ken
Publish Date: 2008-10-01
Yield: 4 servings
Total Time: 35 minutes
Prep Time: 25 minutes
To Make Ahead: Prepare the sauce (Step 2); cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days.
With a rich, hearty sauce full of bold flavors, this sophisticated pasta is elegant enough for company, but easy enough to make after work. Make it a Meal: an arugula and black olive salad tossed with red-wine vinaigrette complements this dish well.
- 8 ounces whole-wheat rigatoni, or penne
- 1/2 pound 92%-lean ground beef
- 4 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon fennel seed
- 3 cups diced eggplant, (about 1/2 medium)
- 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 8-ounce cans no-salt-added tomato sauce
- 1 cup red wine
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano, or 1 teaspoon dried
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- 2 teaspoons pine nuts, toasted
- 1/2 cup crumbled feta, (optional)
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook pasta according to package directions.
- Meanwhile, cook beef, garlic and fennel seeds in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, until the beef is browned, about 3 minutes. Add eggplant and oil; cook, stirring occasionally, until the eggplant browns, about 5 minutes. Add tomato sauce and wine; cook, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens, about 10 minutes. Stir in oregano, salt and pepper.
- Drain the pasta; serve topped with the sauce and sprinkled with pine nuts and feta, if using.
Recipe Tips & Notes:
- To toast pine nuts, cook in a small dry skillet over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant and lightly browned, 2 to 4 minutes.
Per serving: 394 calories; 7 g fat (1 g saturated fat, 3g mono unsaturated fat); 30 mg cholesterol; 56 g carbohydrates; 22 g protein; 11 g fiber; 345 mg sodium; 735 mg potassium
Nutrtion Bonus: Vitamin C (30% daily value), Zinc (26% dv), Vitamin A (25% dv), Potassium (21% dv), Iron (20% dv).
Exchanges: 3 starch, 2 vegetable, 2 very lean meat, 1 fat
Carbohydrate Servings: 3
- Degree of Difficulty
- Special Health Consideration(s)
- High Fiber
- Low Sat Fat
- Low Cholesterol
- Low Sodium
- High Potassium
- Heart Healthy
- Seasons & Occassions
- Main Ingredient(s)
- Dairy & Soy
- Dish Type(s)
- Main Dish
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