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South of the Border Spaghetti

Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6
This easy pasta recipe adds some delicious new ingredients to traditional spaghetti and can be made in 30 minutes or less!


  • 1 (13.25 oz) box whole-wheat spaghetti
  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • 1 lb 90/10 ground beef
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 cup cactus (nopales), diced
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (6 oz) can no-salt-added tomato paste
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup frozen sliced carrots
  • 1/3 cup shredded parmesan cheese


  1. Prepare spaghetti according to package directions. Set aside.
  2. Lightly coat a large, deep skillet with cooking spray & heat over medium. Add beef, onion, cactus, pepper & garlic. Cook 10-12 minutes, crumbling meat, stirring occasionally until meat is cooked through.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk tomato paste & water until smooth. Add tomato mixture & carrots to skillet. Mix well. Reduce heat to low & cook 7-8 minutes.
  4. Serve beef & vegetable mix over spaghetti, topped with cheese.


Cactus & bell pepper have a similar taste & texture.

Nutrition Facts

6 servings per recipe
Serving size (311g)
Amount per serving
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 14%
    Saturated Fat 3.5g 18%
    Trans Fat 0g  
Cholesterol 50mg 17%
Sodium 160mg
Total Carbohydrate 61g 22%
    Dietary Fiber 9g 32%
    Total Sugars 7g  
Includes 0g Added Sugars
Protein 29g  
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Calcium 135mg 10%
Iron 6mg 35%
Potassium 802mg 15%
* The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


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