Total TimePrep/Total Time: 30 min.
- 3/4 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
- 2-1/4 cups water
- 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
- 2 teaspoons chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1 package (7 ounces) thin spaghetti, broken into thirds
- 1 pound zucchini (about 4 small), cut into chunks
- 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Remove beef and set aside. In the same skillet, combine the water, tomato sauce, chili powder, garlic powder, cumin and salt; bring to a boil. Stir in spaghetti; return to a boil.
- Boil for 6 minutes.
- Add the zucchini. Cook 4-5 minutes longer or until spaghetti and zucchini are tender, stirring several times. Stir in beef and heat through. Sprinkle with cheese.
Nutrition Facts1 cup: 340 calories, 11g fat (5g saturated fat), 54mg cholesterol, 600mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 4g fiber), 24g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 2 lean meat, 2 vegetable, 1/2 fat.
Dec 19, 2019
While the flavor was there, the actual cooking directions were way off. When I served the pasta and sauce, the pasta was half-done at best. I wasted $20 after mixing everything, cooking it and mixing it with half cooked pasta. Do yourself a favor and cook the pasta normally and mix with the rest. Not impressed at best.
Oct 31, 2018
I’m so glad I tried this recipe; we really enjoyed it! I did sauté the zucchini with some chopped onions until soft (we don’t care for crisp-tender zucchini) and doubled the seasonings. I also added oregano and some black olives. It was delicious, and I will be making this again!
Jan 18, 2015
This recipe is quick, delicious and inexpensive. My whole family adores it. I like to add a little chopped green pepper, celery and onion to the ground beef or turkey, while it's browning. I also add a little sugar to the tomato sauce for flavor. The cheddar cheese is great, but my sister likes it with shredded mozzarella. So yummy! Been making it for years.
Jul 8, 2014
I followed the recipe exactly and it was quite good. I will definitely make it again. So glad I found another way to make spaghetti (my husband's favorite).
Jun 13, 2011
Nobody liked this. I am giving it a three-star instead of a two-star because I did have to substitute tomato paste & water for the tomato sauce. That may have changed the taste somewhat.
Jul 12, 2010
I did like this very much I liked having the zucchini for something different, but it is a little bland to me. It needs a bit more flavor. Next time I will add some more seasonings, but besides that it was good.