Rigatoni with Beef & Eggplant Ragu

Rigatoni with Beef & Eggplant Ragu

Makes: 4 servings
Active Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Eggplant gives this pasta sauce a rich meatiness that complements the ground beef. Plus the eggplant allows us to use a little less beef but still have a generous and hearty serving.

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Ingredients

  • 8 ounces whole-wheat rigatoni, rotini or penne
  • 8 ounces 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 (see Tip)
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta, (optional)

Preparation

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook pasta until tender, 8 to 10 minutes or according to package directions.
  2. 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.
  3. Drain the pasta; serve topped with the sauce and sprinkled with pine nuts and feta, if using.

Tips & Notes

Make Ahead Tip: Prepare the sauce (Step 2); cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days.

Tip: 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.

Nutrition Facts

  • Servings Per Recipe 4
  • Amount Per serving
  • Calories 399
  • % Daily values *
  • 11% Total Fat 7g
    • 5% Saturated Fat 1g
    • Trans Fat 0g
    • Monounsaturated Fat 3g
  • 10% Cholesterol 30mg
  • 23% Potassium 788mg
  • 14% Sodium 345mg
  • 19% Total Carbohydrate 57g
    • 44% Dietary Fiber 11g
    • Sugars 4g
  • 44% Protein 22g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Nutrients Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less than 2400mg 2400mg
Total Carbohydrate Equals 300g 375g
Dietary Fiber Equals 25g 30g

Recipe by EatingWell.com

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