Spaghetti With Meat Sauce and Mozzarella

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    Nutritional Information

    Per Serving

    • Calories 677 calories
    • Fat 24 g
    • Sat Fat 10 g
    • Cholesterol 84 mg
    • Sodium 606 mg
    • Protein 38 g
    • Carbohydrate 78 g
    • Sugar 8 g
    • Fiber 7 g
    • Iron 5 mg
    • Calcium 302 mg

Ingredients

  1. Check 3/4pound spaghetti
  2. Check 1tablespoon olive oil
  3. Check 1 medium onion, chopped
  4. Check 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  5. Check kosher salt and black pepper
  6. Check 3/4pound ground beef chuck
  7. Check 1tablespoon tomato paste
  8. Check 2pounds beefsteak or plum tomatoes, chopped
  9. Check 6ounces bocconcini (fresh mozzarella balls), halved
  10. Check 1/4cup chopped fresh basil

Directions

  1. Cook the pasta according to the package directions; drain and return it to the pot.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion, garlic, and ½ teaspoon each salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion begins to soften, 3 to 5 minutes.
  3. Add the beef and cook, breaking it up with a spoon, until browned, 3 to 5 minutes.
  4. Add the tomato paste and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Add the tomatoes, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until beginning to soften, 5 to 7 minutes more (add up to ¼ cup water if the pan is dry).
  5. Add the beef mixture, bocconcini, and basil to the pasta and toss to combine.