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Healthified Mexican Pasta Skillet

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72% less sat fat • 68% less fat • 26% fewer calories than the original recipe. This 30-minute sizzling skillet will have your family running to the table!

  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 30 min
  • Servings 6

Ingredients

1
lb extra-lean (at least 93%) ground beef
1
jar (16 oz) Muir Glen™ organic mild salsa
1
cup Muir Glen™ organic tomato sauce (from 15-oz can)
1 1/2
cups water
2
cups uncooked regular or multigrain elbow macaroni
1
cup Green Giant™ Niblets® frozen corn
1/2
cup shredded reduced-fat sharp Cheddar cheese (2 oz)

Directions

  • 1 In 12-inch skillet, cook beef over medium-high heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thoroughly cooked; drain.
  • 2 Stir in salsa, tomato sauce and water. Heat to boiling. Stir in macaroni and corn. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 12 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until macaroni is tender.
  • 3 Sprinkle with cheese. Cover; let stand 1 to 2 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Nutrition Info

The Quick Take: Healthified

  • Calories Reduced By 130
  • Fat Reduced By 13g
  • Saturated Fat Reduced By 6 1/2g
See What Makes It Healthified »

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
380
(
Calories from Fat
70),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
8g
8%
(Saturated Fat
3 1/2g,
3 1/2%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
50mg
50%;
Sodium
610mg
610%;
Total Carbohydrate
52g
52%
(Dietary Fiber
3g
3%
  Sugars
2g
2%
),
Protein
25g
25%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
15%;
Vitamin C
10%;
Calcium
8%;
Iron
20%;
Exchanges:
3 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 2 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
3 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

The Original vs. Healthified

Live Better America lets you enjoy your favorite dishes without worry or guilt. Our nutritionists switch ingredients, reduce amounts and use other kitchen tricks to turn the original recipes into Healthified recipes that are good and good for you.

Before After
1 lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef 1 lb extra-lean (at least 93%) ground beef
2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni 1 cup Muir Glen® organic tomato sauce (from 15-oz can)
1 can (15.25 oz) whole kernel corn, drained 2 cups uncooked regular or multigrain elbow macaroni
1 1/4 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese 1 cup Green Giant® Niblets® frozen corn
1/2 cup shredded reduced-fat sharp Cheddar cheese (2 oz)
Nutritional Highlights
Calories
 
 
500 (before)
370 (after)
Saturated Fat
 
 
9 g (before)
2 1/2 g (after)
Total Fat
 
 
19 g (before)
6 g (after)
Vitamin C (%DV)
 
 
0 (before)
15 (after)

Did You Know?

Expert Tips

We've replaced ingredients with great-tasting alternatives to create better-for-you recipes that are just as yummy as the original.

Lean ground turkey can be used instead of the ground beef, if you like.

Toss a crisp green salad with your favorite low-fat dressing and serve it with this family-style skillet meal. Fresh fruit makes a perfect dessert.

Ratings & Reviews

We calculated the nutrition of this recipe at the time it was created on 07/19/2012. NOTE: We do not include optional ingredients in our calculations. If concerned about gluten-free, non-dairy, vegetarian or vegan status, always read ingredient labels to make sure each recipe ingredient meets requirements. Products and ingredient sources can change.

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NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
380
(
Calories from Fat
70),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
8g
8%
(Saturated Fat
3 1/2g,
3 1/2%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
50mg
50%;
Sodium
610mg
610%;
Total Carbohydrate
52g
52%
(Dietary Fiber
3g
3%
  Sugars
2g
2%
),
Protein
25g
25%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
15%;
Vitamin C
10%;
Calcium
8%;
Iron
20%;
Exchanges:
3 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 2 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
3 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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