Recipe: Healthier Pasta with Meat Sauce


Healthier Pasta with Meat Sauce Recipe

I have to admit that I love Italian.  I have a weakness for a simple pasta and meat sauce and I am looking for ways to make a quick dish that I can make and put in bowls in my refrigerator to eat for dinner for 3-5 days after I cook it.  This is a simple pasta dish that you can make and have as left overs.  The key with anything is portion control.  

Pasta with Meat Sauce
Serves 7
This is a simple pasta with meat sauce. I recommend that you chose a whole wheat or protein added pasta. I chose to make Barilla ProteinPLUS Penne. I used a spicy red pepper sauce but you could pick any other type.
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
25 min
  1. 1 Box - 15.5 oz of Barilla ProteinPLUS Pasta
  2. 1 Jar - 24 oz of red sauce from H.E.B.
  3. 1 LB - 96% lean hamburger
  4. Red pepper flakes to taste
  5. Parmesan Cheese
  6. 2 cup containers to place leftovers in refrigerator
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  1. Cook meat on medium heat until brown. Chop up hamburger with spatula as it cooks.
  2. Drain grease from meat.
  3. Add sauce to meat and allow to simmer.
  4. Place pot of water on burner to boil (high heat). Add a pinch salt to water.
  5. Add pasta to boiling water and cook for about 11 minutes.
  6. Strain pasta form water.
  7. Divide pasta and meat sauce into 7 equal servings.
  1. This recipe makes about 7 servings. You can keep it in the refrigerator for about 5 days. It has aproximately 6.3 grams of fiber per serving.
321 cal
5 g
26 g
48 g
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I hope you enjoy this recipe.  It is a simple portion controlled recipe for pasta with meat sauce, but even this small change can make a big difference.  

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I am a family physician who has served in the US Army. In 2016, I found myself overweight, out of shape, and unhealthy, so I made a change to improve my health. This blog is the chronology of my path to better health and what I have learned along the way.

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