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Fast & Easy Real Simple Recipe For Spaghetti With Beef Mushroom Sauce

Monday's Leftovers: Spaghetti With Beef Mushroom Sauce

There's a reason why spaghetti with meat sauce is America's go-to weeknight meal: it tastes like comfort, works well with a budget, and comes together quickly.

Avoid spaghetti palate fatigue with an update on the old favorite: button mushrooms, heavy cream, and parsley add a Stroganoff-like twist to a classic sauce made from leftover ground beef.

For a healthier alternative, sub whole wheat, high-fiber pasta for standard spaghetti, and swap out evaporated milk for the heavy cream. Get to know a new dinnertime favorite when you keep reading.

Spaghetti With Beef Mushroom Sauce

Spaghetti With Beef Mushroom Sauce

Fast & Easy Real Simple Recipe for Spaghetti With Beef Mushroom Sauce 2010-01-15 15:24:59


  1. 1 pound dry spaghetti
  2. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  3. 1 pound button mushrooms, thinly sliced
  4. 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  5. 1 pound ground beef
  6. 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  7. 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  8. 1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes, undrained
  9. 1 cup heavy cream
  10. 1 cup (4 ounces) grated Parmesan
  11. 1/2 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves, roughly chopped


  1. Cook the spaghetti according to the package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, for 6 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic, beef, salt, and pepper. Cook until no trace of pink remains, about 5 minutes.
  4. Spoon off and discard any fat. Add the tomatoes and their juices and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and stir in the cream and 3/4 cup of the Parmesan. Simmer until the sauce has thickened slightly, about 3 minutes.
  5. Drain the pasta and return it to the pot. Add the sauce and toss. Divide among plates and sprinkle with the remaining Parmesan and the parsley.

Serves 4.

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Food Food 7 years
Whoops, yes msdecember, that is what I meant! Thanks for the catch!
msdecember msdecember 7 years
i think u meant "evaporated" not "condensed".. sweet spaghetti with beef? not YUM at all. ;-) but, i'm definitely gonna try a lighter version of this recipe!
PinkNC PinkNC 7 years
Looks good!
Liss1 Liss1 7 years
That sounds yummy
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