1⅛ lbs Ground Beef
¾ lb Fusilli Bucati Corti Pasta
1 8-Ounce Can Tomato Sauce
1 lb Broccoli
4 oz White Cheddar Or Smoked Gouda Cheese
1½ tsps Calabrian Chile Paste
1 Tbsp Weeknight Hero Spice Blend (Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Smoked Paprika, & Whole Dried Parsley)
1.Fill a large pot with salted water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Wash and dry the broccoli. Cut off and discard the bottom 1/2 inch of the broccoli stem; cut into small florets. Grate the cheddar or gouda cheese on the large side of a box grater.
2.Add the pasta to the pot of boiling water and cook 5 minutes. Add the broccoli florets and continue to cook 4 to 5 minutes, or until the broccoli is tender and the pasta is al dente (still slightly firm to the bite). Turn off the heat. Reserving ½ cup of the cooking water, drain thoroughly and return to the pot.
3.While the pasta cooks, in a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the beef and spice blend. Season with salt and pepper. Cook, frequently breaking the meat apart with a spoon, 3 to 5 minutes, or until browned.
4.Add the tomato sauce and chile paste. Season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 3 to 4 minutes or until the sauce is slightly thickened and the beef is cooked through. Turn off the heat.
5.To the pot of cooked pasta and broccoli, add the cooked beef and sauce, grated cheddar or gouda cheese, and half the reserved cooking water. Cook on medium-high, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the pasta is coated (if necessary, gradually add the remaining pasta cooking water to ensure the pasta is thoroughly coated). Turn off the heat. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Enjoy!
This pasta dish has all the makings of a comfort food favorite, thanks to springy, spiral-shaped noodles, a savory beef and tomato sauce, and melty cheese mixed right into it all. For verdant flavor and hearty texture, we’re also adding in tender bites of broccoli (cooked in the same pot as the pasta for quicker cooking and easy cleanup).