1st off, Happy FREAKIN’ Friday!
This is how I feel about that.
Wish I could link to the source, but I got it from my parents – as a chain email – so the originality is lost somewhere in the web. I usually don’t even open chain emails (they’re so freshmen year of high school), but I’m a sucker for cool looking photos, and this one was just too much. Sure, the polar bear? is probably just yawning, but it sort of looks like he’s cracking up, rolling around because his friend said something funny, or because he saw a human fall through ice. Who knows their humor. Anyway, I love it.
I also love this pasta. Which brings me to my second point:
2nd: My husband can’t.stop.eating.
I partially blame myself, being the main cook around the house, and all the hype I bring to meals photographing them all, but still… how do I control this? Worst part is, he’s not getting fat, so there’s no reason for him to stop (damn men.) Okay, actually that’s not the worst part, it’s nice, but only for him; it makes me wrong, and I don’t like that.
I wouldn’t care so much, but I think it’s contagious. And I got the bug.
After 2 (American-sized) portions of this bad boy, I made myself put away the pan and then cleaned the entire kitchen as my exercise. Sounds like an even swap, right?
Good thing I didn’t add in extra cheese.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Keywords: saute entree whole wheat pasta grass fed beef
Ingredients (6 servings)
- 1 lb. grass fed ground beef (90% lean)
- 3/4 lb whole wheat pasta (I used penne)
- 1 large onion, diced
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp dried oregano
- 1/2 tsp ground cumin
- 1/2 tsp chili powder
- 1/2 of a 15oz. can diced tomatoes
- 1/2 c. mascarpone cheese (Substitute: sour cream)
- fresh diced tomatoes
- chopped cilantro
- diced green onions
- diced avocado
Start by bringing a pot of water to boil for the pasta, once at a boil, be sure to salt the water before adding the pasta.
Meanwhile, over medium heat, brown the beef, using a spatula to break it up in to smaller pieces. Add the onion and spices and cook until the meat is fully cooked, about 5 minutes. Next, add the canned tomatoes, reduce heat to low and simmer for at least 5 minutes. Then add the mascarpone cheese, stir to incorporate, cover the meat sauce and let continue to simmer.
Once the pasta is done, drain it, and add it to the meat sauce. Turn off heat and toss to incorporate.
Serve garnished with avocado, cilantro, green onions and freshly diced tomatoes.