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Hearty Vegetable Beef Ragout Recipe
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Hearty Vegetable Beef Ragout Recipe

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This recipe is healthy yet satisfying, quick yet delicious. I can have a hearty meal on the table in under 30 minutes, and one that my children will gobble up! If you are not fond of kale, stir in baby spinach or chopped broccoli instead. —Kim Van Dunk, Caldwell, New Jersey
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 4 cups uncooked whole wheat spiral pasta
  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) Italian diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 jar (24 ounces) meatless spaghetti sauce
  • 2 cups finely chopped fresh kale
  • 1 package (9 ounces) frozen peas, thawed
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Grated Parmesan cheese, optional

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups (calculated without cheese) equals 302 calories, 5 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 35 mg cholesterol, 837 mg sodium, 43 g carbohydrate, 7 g fiber, 20 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 2 lean meat 2 vegetable


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven, cook beef, onion and garlic over medium heat 6-8 minutes or until beef is no longer pink, breaking up beef into crumbles; drain.
  2. Stir in tomatoes, spaghetti sauce, kale, peas, garlic powder and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 8-10 minutes or until kale is tender. Stir pasta into sauce. If desired, serve with cheese. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Hearty Vegetable Beef Ragout in Healthy Cooking October/November 2012, p46

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.

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Reviewed Nov. 16, 2014

"This was definitely fast and tastey . We don't care for Kale so I used chopped broccoli instead it makes a lot so I hope it freezes well"

Reviewed Mar. 19, 2014

"We enjoyed this--I love the fact that kale can be incorporated into a meal without the family objecting. Satisfying and fairly easy to make."

Reviewed Jan. 31, 2014

"A big hit with our teenage daughters. Easy to prepare and very tasty. Loved how it incorporated kale. For a recipe that's less of a ragout, omit the spaghetti sauce."

Reviewed Dec. 5, 2012

"This was very good. Healthy & hearty. A great way to add kale to your meal."

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