Pasta with Rustic Tomato Sauce

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Quick Facts

Servings: 8
Prep Time: 10 min.
Cook Time: 20 min.
Total: 30 min.
An easy and dependable homemade marinara sauce that is laden with delicious bits of tender lamb.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 12 ounces American Lamb boneless leg or shoulder, sliced in thin strips or 12 ounces of ground lamb
  • 1 medium zucchini, thinly sliced
  • 10 small white mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes and juice
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil leaves or 1 tablespoon dried basil leaves, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 8 ounces pasta, cooked and drained
  • 1/4 cup sliced and drained ripe olives, optional


  • In large skillet with cover, heat oil. Over medium heat, cook onion and garlic for 2 minutes. Add lamb and cook 4 to 5 minutes longer, stirring occasionally, until meat is no longer pink. Drain well, set aside.
  • Add zucchini, mushrooms, tomatoes and juice, basil, pepper and salt. Cover and cook for 5 minutes until vegetables are crisp-tender.
  • Add cooked lamb, onions, pasta and olives, if desired. Heat through and serve.

Defrosting Lamb: Thaw frozen lamb in the refrigerator overnight or for faster thawing, use a microwave oven, following the manufacturer's directions. Do not thaw frozen lamb at room temperature.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 220
  Calories from Fat 45 (20%)
(8%)Total Fat 5g
(6%)Saturated Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
(9%)Cholesterol 28mg
(8%)Sodium 181mg
(15%)Potassium 539mg
Total Carbohydrate 29g
(12%)Dietary Fiber 3g
Sugars 3g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(29%)Protein 15g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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