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Whole-Wheat Spaghetti with Lamb, Tomato, and Cumin Sauce

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Active Time:  25 Minutes
Total Time:  25 Minutes
  Serves 4
A Middle-Eastern version of the spaghetti with meat sauce we all know and love, this pasta should find a ready audience. It's good with macaroni or with plain spaghetti.
2 tablespoons cooking oil
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 pound ground lamb
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 1/2 cups canned crushed tomatoes in thick puree (one 16-ounce can)
1 3/4 teaspoons salt
3/4 pound whole-wheat spaghetti
1/2 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
1/3 cup chopped fresh mint or parsley
Whole-Wheat Spaghetti with Lamb, Tomato, and Cumin Sauce Recipe at
In a large frying pan, heat the oil over moderately low heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and then the lamb. Cook until the meat is no longer pink, about 3 minutes. Stir in the cumin, tomatoes, and salt. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes.

In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the spaghetti until just done, about 15 minutes. Drain the pasta and toss it with the sauce, pepper, and mint.


Whole-Wheat Spaghetti with Meat Sauce
You can substitute 1 pound of ground beef for the ground lamb. Use the same procedure, but decrease the cumin to 1 1/2 teaspoons and use parsley rather than mint.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Food and Wine. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
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Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   Serves 4
Calories: 607
Fat. Total: 24g
Fiber: 12g
Carbohydrates, Total: 71g
Sodium: 1143mg
% Cal. from Fat: 36%
Cholesterol: 75mg
Protein: 33g
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