Sunday, July 31, 2011

Pasta with hamburger

Here is another "made up" recipe...I do this quite often. I take regular recipes and add and subtract a few things to make them healthy.

1 lb. extra lean hamb.
1/2 of a yellow onion, chopped
2 T. minced garlic
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. dried thyme leaves
1 tsp. dried rosemary leaves
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 box of cooked whole wheat penne pasta
1 jar of ragu lite tomato basil, sugar free spaghetti sauce
1 1/2 cups fat free cottage cheese
1 cup reduced fat grated cheese ( I used the weight watchers reduced fat mexican style grated cheese )
reduced fat parmesan cheese

Coat the bottom of a skillet with olive oil. I have found that when browning the extra lean hamb., it tends to stick to the pan if you don't use a little bit of olive oil. Add minced garlic and onion, cooking until onions have softened. Add hamb. and cook until browned. Add spices, stirring well to coat beef. Stir in spaghetti sauce and cottage cheese. Add cooked pasta and mix well. Pour into baking dish. Top with grated cheese and a little bit of reduced fat parmesan cheese. Bake at 350 for 20-30 min. until bubbly and hot. I served this with steamed veggies and whole wheat rolls.

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