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Rotini with Beefy Kale Ragù

Rotini with Beefy Kale Ragù

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  • Author: Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen - Ashley Covelli
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 Servings 1x
  • Category: Pasta
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian


This pasta sauce recipe is a great way to use up vegetables that are hanging out in your fridge that's very flexible. Total comfort food!


  • 1/2 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 1 stalk celery, diced
  • Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 2 big handfuls chopped kale (about 2 cups)
  • 28 ounce can whole peeled San Marzano tomatoes
  • 14 ounces water
  • 1 pound cooked rotini or other pasta*
  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese, for serving


  1. Heat a large, non-stick skillet over moderate heat. Add ground beef and cook, breaking the meat into smaller pieces with a spoon or spatula, until almost cooked through. Drain fat if necessary and add onion, garlic, carrots and celery. Season with salt and pepper. Sauté until the veggies are starting to soften. Add Worcestershire and Italian seasoning and stir to combine. Add kale and stir until it wilts down into the veggies.
  2. Add the tomatoes and break them into pieces with your spoon or spatula. Pour water into the tomato can until it comes up about halfway and pour that into the skillet – this way you get the residual tomato juice from the sides of the can while adding water.
  3. Bring the sauce up to a boil, and then reduce the heat and let it simmer while you cook your pasta. Once the ragú reaches your desired consistency, remove from heat. Taste for seasoning and adjust if necessary.
  4. Serve ragú on top of cooked pasta. Garnish with a healthy dose of freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Enjoy!


*Optional: use Gluten Free

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