Sneak extra vegetables into your child's day (and yours too!) with this easy one-skillet pasta recipe. Finely chop mushrooms to resemble the texture of ground beef and stir them into a classic meat sauce for an extra-healthy twist on a dinnertime favorite.

Carolyn Casner
Source:, June 2017


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Recipe Summary

35 mins
50 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add beef, mushrooms and onion and cook, stirring, until the beef is no longer pink and the mushroom liquid is mostly evaporated, 8 to 10 minutes.

  • Stir in tomato sauce, water, Worcestershire, Italian seasoning, salt and garlic powder. Add pasta. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and cook, stirring once or twice, until the pasta is tender and most of the liquid is absorbed, 16 to 18 minutes.

  • Sprinkle the pasta with cheese, cover and cook until the cheese is melted, 2 to 3 minutes more. Garnish with basil, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

582 calories; protein 44.3g; carbohydrates 54.9g; dietary fiber 7.5g; sugars 4.5g; fat 20.8g; saturated fat 7.2g; cholesterol 100.7mg; vitamin a iu 1220IU; vitamin c 17.1mg; folate 27.3mcg; calcium 160.3mg; iron 6.2mg; magnesium 57.5mg; potassium 1262.2mg; sodium 690.6mg; added sugar 1g.

Reviews (9)

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9 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
My family loved this one! They've named it my upgraded hamburger casserole cause Ive made a recipe somewhat the same but this one is a lot more flavorful and easier to make! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Never made anything like this before but it came out pretty good. Had ground turkey and garlic onion spaghetti sauce so subbed that and don t eat mushrooms so left that out. Me likey. Very filling and great leftovers... Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Added red and green peppers along with the onion and mushrooms and threw everything in the food processor to chop it up real good. It hides all the veggies and adds some great flavor. The whole family loves it! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I ve made this recipe a handful of times and it s always amazing!!! It was something new and different besides the traditional meat sauce I usually make very tasty and does not take long to make! Read More
Rating: 3 stars
I tried to spice this up a bit but it was still pretty bland Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I love this it reminds me of my favorite hamburger helper except more healthy. I hate mushrooms so I leave those out and my husband and very picky children all love it Read More
Rating: 5 stars
As I suspected he would my husband loved this! I did add some fresh green bell peppers when I added the pasta. We're looking forward to the leftovers tonight! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Delicious healthy and easy. Used organic ingredients and whole grain pasta. Added tomatoes from our garden. Kids loved it! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Loved this. Added two cans of diced tomatoes in place of the tomato sauce 1/2 cup of dry white wine. Yummy! Read More