Rigatoni with Beef & Eggplant Ragu
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook pasta until tender, 8 to 10 minutes or according to package directions.Advertisement
Meanwhile, cook beef, garlic and fennel seeds in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until the beef is browned, about 3 minutes. Add eggplant and oil; cook, stirring occasionally, until the eggplant browns, about 5 minutes. Add tomato sauce and wine; cook, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens, about 10 minutes. Stir in oregano, salt and pepper.
Drain the pasta; serve topped with the sauce and sprinkled with pine nuts and feta, if using.
Make Ahead Tip: Prepare the sauce (Step 2); cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days.
Tip: To toast pine nuts, cook in a small dry skillet over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant and lightly browned, 2 to 4 minutes.
3 starch, 2 vegetable, 2 lean meat, 1 fat