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Hearty Vegetable Beef Ragu

This recipe is healthy yet satisfying, quick yet delicious. It's on the table in less than 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


  • 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


  • Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven, cook beef, onion and garlic over medium heat until beef is no longer pink, breaking up beef into crumbles, 6-8 minutes; drain.
  • Stir in tomatoes, spaghetti sauce, kale, peas, garlic powder and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, until kale is tender, 8-10 minutes. Stir pasta into sauce. If desired, serve with cheese.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/2 cups: 302 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 35mg cholesterol, 837mg sodium, 43g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 7g fiber), 20g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 2 lean meat, 2 vegetable.

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  • Lefty1223
    Feb 14, 2021

    Very delicious! Just to note—this recipe says “Ragu”. NOT Ragout!! Don’t know where that came from ??

  • mollie
    Oct 21, 2019

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  • CharleneG
    Aug 30, 2019

    I believe the title of this dish is a mistake. Ragout is a dish that is savory, with beef chunks and a hearty gravy-like sauce. Ragu, on the other hand, is similar to what you have here. This wasn't bad but you could tell there was a jarred sauce used since they tend to be overly sweet or overly tangy. It's hard to balance the flavors because the jarred sauces are dominant.

  • Halee2003
    Dec 6, 2017

    I omitted spaghetti sauce added can black beans rinsed and drained, can of retell, and mushrooms. It was delicious, will make again

  • Cklee1403
    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

  • toolbarsco
    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.

  • NH-rescue
    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.

  • crickertsen
    Dec 5, 2012

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

  • mnccaleb
    Oct 13, 2012

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