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Recipe: beef and pasta skillet primavera

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beef and pasta skillet primavera

This Italian-inspired recipe is a one-pot, fun to make and eat dish that combines ground beef, pasta, fresh zucchini and yellow squash. This Beef. It's What's For Dinner. recipe is certified by the American Heart Association®.


  • 1 pound Ground Beef (93% lean or leaner)
  • 1 can (14 to 14 1/2 oz) reduced-sodium beef broth
  • 1 cup uncooked whole wheat or whole grain pasta
  • 2 small zucchini and/or yellow squash, cut in half lengthwise, then crosswise into 1/2 inch slices
  • 1 can (14 1/2 oz) Italian-style diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1-/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • freshly grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Heat large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Add Ground Beef; cook 8 to 10 minutes, breaking into 3/4-inch crumbles and stirring occasionally. Pour off drippings.

    Cook's Tip: Cooking times are for fresh or thoroughly thawed Ground Beef. Ground Beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160°F. Color is not a reliable indicator of Ground Beef doneness.

  2. Stir in broth, pasta, squash, tomatoes and Italian seasoning; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and cook 9 to 11 minutes or until pasta and squash are almost tender and sauce is slightly thickened, stirring occasionally.

    Cook's Tip: For early eaters (6-7 months), spaghetti can be hard to pick up prior to baby having the pincer grasp. Pieces of pasta about the size of an adult pinky finger are preferable early on it self-feeding. These include rigatoni, penne, cavatappi.

    If you have questions about starting solid foods, consult your physician or health care provider.

Nutrition information per serving: 296 Calories; 54 Calories from fat; 6g Total Fat (2.7 g Saturated Fat; 0.2 g Trans Fat; 0.5 g Polyunsaturated Fat; 2.2 g Monounsaturated Fat;) 76 mg Cholesterol; 338 mg Sodium; 28.2 g Total Carbohydrate; 3.1 g Dietary Fiber; 31.7 g Protein; 5 mg Iron; 614 mg Potassium; 8.1 mg NE Niacin; 0.5 mg Vitamin B6; 2.4 mcg Vitamin B12; 7 mg Zinc; 18.4 mcg Selenium; 82.3 mg Choline.

This recipe is an excellent source of Protein, Iron, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Zinc, and Selenium; and a good source of Dietary Fiber, Potassium, and Choline.