For picky eaters, try serving this meat sauce over whimsically shaped pasta, like bow ties, rotini or wagon wheels.
Linguine with Super Easy Meat Sauce
1 (9-ounce) package fresh linguine
1/2 pound extra-lean ground beef
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
1/4 cup (1 ounce) shaved Parmigiano cheese
1 tablespoon fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
1. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain.
2. While pasta cooks, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add beef, onion, garlic, oregano, and salt; cook 5 minutes or until beef is browned, stirring to crumble. Stir in tomato paste; cook 1 minute, stirring frequently. Add tomatoes. Bring to a boil; cook 1 minute. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook 3 minutes or until thickened. Serve over pasta; top with cheese and parsley.
Susan is the mom of two in Raleigh and the owner of cooking studios for kids and teens, including Lil' Chef in Raleigh's North Hills. Go Ask Mom offers recipes every Friday. For more, check WRAL.com's recipe database.