Rotini with Ground Beef and Spinach Recipe Photo - Diabetic Gourmet Magazine Recipes


  • 1 box Dreamfields Rotini, Penne Rigate or Elbows
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 3 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound (90%) lean ground beef
  • 1 can (8 ounces) no salt added tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 package (10 ounces) spinach leaves, shredded
  • 1/4 cup shredded fresh basil or 1 tablespoon dried
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • Salt (optional)
  • 1/3 cup shredded Parmesan cheese


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in large heavy skillet over medium heat. Cook onion and garlic 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add beef; cook until no longer pink, stirring and breaking beef into pieces.
  3. Stir in tomato sauce and oregano. Continue cooking 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add spinach, basil and red pepper flakes; continue cooking 3 minutes. Season with salt, if desired.
  4. Drain pasta. Add to skillet; toss with beef mixture. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.


A 10-ounce package of frozen chopped spinach thawed and well-drained can be substituted for fresh spinach.

Recipe Yield: Makes 6 main dish servings.

Nutritional Information Per Serving:

Calories: 401
Calories from fat: 54
Fat: 11 grams
Saturated Fat: 4 grams
Fiber: 8 grams
Sodium: 178 milligrams
Cholesterol: 49 milligrams
Protein: 27 grams
Carbohydrates: 0 grams