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Linguine with Garlic Zucchini Red Sauce, Ground Pork, Ricotta and Parmesan Cheese May 14, 2012

Jamie says: Lately, on Sunday nights my Italian roots shine. I crave pasta or something very Italian. It also feels like it’s a family night and a night to stay in. A few Sundays ago, I invited my friend Rachel over to catch up on life and share in my Italian cooking. The good thing about Italians is they usually cook a lot- so there were plenty of leftovers…

Linguine with Garlic Zucchini Red Sauce, Ground Pork, Ricotta and Parmesan Cheese

I’ve never topped pasta with ground meat before, but then again, I guess it’s like a meat sauce or meatballs… regardless, I really enjoyed it and loved the leftovers.

It’s a mix between a lasagna and spaghetti with exploded meatballs

Linguine with Garlic Zucchini Red Sauce, Ground Pork, Ricotta and Parmesan Cheese

Ingredients:

  • 16 oz linguine (Mueller’s)
  • 1 very large clove garlic
  • 1 lb zucchini
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 29 oz can (1 lb 13 oz) puree (Hunt’s 100% Natural)
  • 14 1/2 oz can organic diced tomatoes, drained (Delmonte)
  • 2 1/4 tsp parsley, divided
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 2 lbs ground pork
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • dash fine sea salt
  • dash freshly ground pepper
  • dash red pepper flakes
  • 2 cups part skim ricotta cheese

Directions

  1. Bring water to a boil. Add linguine. Cook for 11 minutes. Remove from stove top. Drain.
  2. Mince garlic. Slice zucchini into thick slices and quarter each slice. In a large pot on medium heat, add extra virgin olive oil and garlic. Brown for about 5 minutes. Add zucchini. Stir. Cook for about 5 minutes. Add puree, diced tomatoes, 2 tsp parsley, basil, and oregano. Stir. Reduce heat to medium-low until ready to serve.
  3. In a large saute’ pan on medium heat, cook ground pork for about 5 minutes or until cooked throughout, stirring frequently.
  4. Plate pasta. Top with zucchini red sauce, cooked ground pork, Parmesan cheese, sea salt, ground pepper, red pepper flakes, ricotta cheese, and 1/4 tsp parsley. Enjoy in good company!

Serves: 8

  • Nutrition note: Pasta is a good source of thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, and folate. That’s because it’s enriched with these vitamins, which means, they are added to the pasta.
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