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Pasta alla Marlboro Man

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While this pasta has some yummy tomatoes in the mix, the meat is front and center, and is highlighted not with the typical mix of Italian herbs like oregano and parsley, but by the wonderfully aromatic ground thyme. It’s simple, hearty, and major-league man friendly.

Oh! And the most important thing: Chicks like it, too!

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • ½ whole Large Onion, Diced
  • 2 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 2 pounds Ground Beef
  • Salt To Taste
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper, To Taste
  • 1 teaspoon (generous) Ground Thyme
  • 2 cans (14 Oz. Size) Whole Tomatoes
  • ¼ cups Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1-½ pound (to 2 Pounds) Rigatoni

Preparation

Heat olive oil in large skillet or pot over medium-low heat. Add onion and cook a couple of minutes, until starting to turn translucent. Add garlic and stir, cooking 1 minute, making sure not to brown the garlic.

Add ground beef and cook until brown. Drain most of excess fat. Add salt, pepper, and ground thyme. Stir to combine. Dump in canned tomatoes with their juice. Stir, reduce heat to low, and cover pot. Cook for 30 minutes, stirring a couple of times. Uncover the pot and cook an additional 30 minutes.

Cook rigatoni according to package directions—don’t overcook! Drain and place individual portions into bowls.

Stir in 1/4 to 1/2 cup grated Parmesan into the sauce. Check and adjust seasonings. Ladle sauce over cooked pasta, sprinkle with more Parmesan, and serve.

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chrishel00 on 3.21.2010

My husband, too, LOVED this dish. I think it is very good, but I prefer the saucier pasta dishes. It’s been added to our dinner rotation, though!

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fourtrans on 3.5.2010

Definitely a man-pleasin’ dish. I was afraid my husband wouldn’t care for it because it is different than the spaghetti we always eat, but he said he liked it better because he doesn’t like all that tomato sauce. I should’ve known! Made it with Ree’s Garlic Cheese Bread (another hit with the family). I was a hero!

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sigh on 2.21.2010

Like some other folks, I liked this, but my other half LOVED it! I did add some extra tomatoes & garlic, but only because I ended up using more ground beef than the recipe called for originally.

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Liza on 2.19.2010

Like another commenter, this is good. I liked, but my husband LOVED IT! He went back for more and more!

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Lauren on 2.18.2010

Pretty tasty and a nice change from regular spaghetti.

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kender3 on 8.8.2012

Hearty, yes. Edible, yes. But all of (male and female alike) thought it was fairly dull (meat, meat, meat, meat, meat, and some more meat, plus a bit o’ cheese flavor).

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duckybutt01 on 3.7.2011

The only way the hubbs will eat pasta with red sauce, is if there is plenty of meat in it. This recipe delivers! Thanks, Ree:)

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Liza on 2.6.2011

My husband loved this!

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LippService on 12.13.2010

I never ever buy spaghetti sauce anymore since stumbling upon this recipe. I always have the ingredients on hand and it is a simple “go-to” recipe when the day has gotten away from me and I suddenly realize I have not given one thought to dinner – until it’s actually DINNERTIME!
Love this recipe. Thanks Ree.

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Heather - Kitchen in the Sticks on 8.11.2010

I was leery of the thyme, but WOW! Really pulled the flavors together. The hubs really loved it and it was such a nice change from regular saucy pastas. Leftovers were good as well!

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