I love pasta with meat sauce and generally I cook it quite often at home, but the wheat pasta is a bit heavy for my stomach to digest. That doesn't mean I don't cook it, I just love to have the alternative if I want something a bit lighter.
My sister introduced me to zucchini pasta, which is basically strings of spaghetti that simply replace the wheat spaghetti. They don't really taste of much, but then again, neither does wheat pasta, and they are way lighter plus healthier for you.
I made my version of the meat sauce the other day and I would like to share with you guys and I hope you enjoy.
The recipe for the sauce isn't any magic recipe really, normally when I make a dish like this I try to use whatever I have in my fridge and load quite a lot of vegetables in there:
500 grams ground beef
2 small garlic onions
1 can of pasta sauce (this time I used one from Jamie Oliver)
2 cans tomato
salt, black pepper, white ground pepper, dried basilica, dried oregano, spicy paprika and Tabasco
Finally I dressed the dish with a spoonful of cottage cheese, fresh basilica and sliced parmesan cheese.
This is how I made it:
First I took the green part of the zucchini, this you don't have to do if you like the pasta to have a bit more bite to it. This time I decided to take it off.
Then you need to have a julienne cutter and cut down vegetable into thin strips. I don't use the centre whereas it becomes quite wet in the middle.
I put all the juliennes in a bowl and salt well with a coarse salt. This will get some of the water out of the vegetable so just leave it in the bowl while you make the rest of the dish.
This is the sort of garlic I used, I cut it down finely and put on the pan with a little oil.
I cut down the onions as well and added them to the garlic. I let it sweat for a while.
Then I added the sliced carrots to the mix and let them sweat as well until the onion had turned a bit brown and luminescent and the carrots were a bit soft.
I took all the vegetables out and put to the side and started frying of the meat.
Then I add all the spices and I tend to use more then less of them and use less salt instead.
I fry the beef until it is well toasted and quite brown and dry.
Add couple of sliced mushrooms to the mix and let them brown with the meat.
Then I add the roasted onion and carrot back in and mix well.
I did use two cans of tomatoes and one of the Jamie Oliver sauce and mixed that in with the meat.
Then I washed the julienne zucchini and drained it well. I even squeezed out most of the liquid before adding it to the meat sauce.
I let it heat up well and plated it.
Then I put a good table spoon of cottage cheese on top, slivers of parmesan cheese and couple of fresh basil leaves.
Very healthy and tasty, plus it is great to be heated up the next day!
Create your own happiness!
If you liked this post, please be a dear and share the joy:)
Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present. -Jim Rohn
Katla, on behalf of
- Systur & Makar –
Plus you can sign up for our newsletter here on the right!