Spiced Beef & Bucatini Pasta with Zucchini & Spinach

Spiced Beef & Bucatini Pasta

with Zucchini & Spinach

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To add exciting contrast of flavor to this comforting pasta, you’ll cook ground beef with plump, sweet currants and briny capers in a bright sauce flavored with our warming quatre épices spice blend.
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Spiced Beef & Bucatini Pasta with Zucchini & Spinach
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  • 1 Yellow Onion
  • 1⅛ lbs Ground Beef
  • 2 Zucchini
  • 1 Tbsp Capers
  • 2 Tbsps Dried Currants
  • 1 tsp Quatre Épices (White Pepper, Nutmeg, Ginger & Cloves)
  • 2 Tbsps Tomato Paste
  • 5 oz Baby Spinach
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 2 Tbsps Crème Fraîche
  • ¼ cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 2 Tbsps Butter
  • 1½ tsps Calabrian Chile Paste
  • 2 Spaghetti Squash
Prepare & roast the spaghetti squash
1 Prepare & roast the spaghetti squash

Place an oven rack in the center of the oven, then preheat to 450°F. Wash and dry the squash; using a sharp, sturdy knife, carefully halve each squash lengthwise. Using a spoon, scoop out and discard the pulp and seeds. Drizzle the cut sides with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper (or foil). Transfer the prepared squash to the sheet pan, cut side down. Roast 25 to 35 minutes, or until the skin is lightly browned and the flesh easily pulls away from the skin. Transfer the roasted squash to a large bowl to cool slightly. When cool enough to handle, using a fork, scrape the flesh of the squash into the bowl; discard the skins. Separate any clumps. 

Prepare the remaining ingredients
2 Prepare the remaining ingredients

Wash and dry the fresh produce. Medium dice the zucchini. Halve, peel, and thinly slice the onion. Peel and roughly chop 2 cloves of garlic. Place the currants in a bowl; cover with 1/4 cup of warm water. Set aside to rehydrate at least 10 minutes. 

Brown the zucchini
3 Brown the zucchini

Meanwhile, in a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the diced zucchini in an even layer; season with salt and pepper. Cook, without stirring, 3 to 4 minutes, or until browned. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until softened. Transfer to a plate and cover with foil to keep warm. Wipe out the pan. 

Cook the beef & make the sauce
4 Cook the beef & make the sauce

In the same pan, heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the beef, sliced onion, chopped garlic, capers, and quatre épices; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently and breaking the meat apart with a spoon, 4 to 5 minutes, or until lightly browned. Add the tomato paste and chile paste; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes, or until  thoroughly combined. Add the spinach, 1/2 cup of water (carefully, as the liquid may splatter), and rehydrated currants (including the liquid); season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until slightly thickened and the beef is cooked through. Turn off the heat. 

Finish & serve your dish
5 Finish & serve your dish

To the bowl of squash strands, add the cooked beef and sauce, browned zucchini, crème fraîche, and butter. Stir until the butter is melted and thoroughly combined. Taste; season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve the finished beef and spaghetti squash garnished with the cheese. Enjoy!

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Prepare & roast the spaghetti squash
1 Prepare & roast the spaghetti squash

Place an oven rack in the center of the oven, then preheat to 450°F. Wash and dry the squash; using a sharp, sturdy knife, carefully halve each squash lengthwise. Using a spoon, scoop out and discard the pulp and seeds. Drizzle the cut sides with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper (or foil). Transfer the prepared squash to the sheet pan, cut side down. Roast 25 to 35 minutes, or until the skin is lightly browned and the flesh easily pulls away from the skin. Transfer the roasted squash to a large bowl to cool slightly. When cool enough to handle, using a fork, scrape the flesh of the squash into the bowl; discard the skins. Separate any clumps. 

2 Prepare the remaining ingredients

Wash and dry the fresh produce. Medium dice the zucchini. Halve, peel, and thinly slice the onion. Peel and roughly chop 2 cloves of garlic. Place the currants in a bowl; cover with 1/4 cup of warm water. Set aside to rehydrate at least 10 minutes. 

Prepare the remaining ingredients
Brown the zucchini
3 Brown the zucchini

Meanwhile, in a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the diced zucchini in an even layer; season with salt and pepper. Cook, without stirring, 3 to 4 minutes, or until browned. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until softened. Transfer to a plate and cover with foil to keep warm. Wipe out the pan. 

4 Cook the beef & make the sauce

In the same pan, heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the beef, sliced onion, chopped garlic, capers, and quatre épices; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently and breaking the meat apart with a spoon, 4 to 5 minutes, or until lightly browned. Add the tomato paste and chile paste; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes, or until  thoroughly combined. Add the spinach, 1/2 cup of water (carefully, as the liquid may splatter), and rehydrated currants (including the liquid); season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until slightly thickened and the beef is cooked through. Turn off the heat. 

Cook the beef & make the sauce
Finish & serve your dish
5 Finish & serve your dish

To the bowl of squash strands, add the cooked beef and sauce, browned zucchini, crème fraîche, and butter. Stir until the butter is melted and thoroughly combined. Taste; season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve the finished beef and spaghetti squash garnished with the cheese. Enjoy!