My blog is written in node.js and express.js. I uses just a simple git repo on the filesystem for the post content. It is open source at github.com/focusaurus/peterlyons.com. Feel free to look around if you find it helpful and shoot me follow-up questions. It is no-frills but does have a basic post editor with preview and allows me to add custom markup processing logic.
There is a fully automated deployment solution in there coded in Ansible and bash that I use to deploy it to both a Vagrant-based staging VM and a production digital ocean droplet.
You can try ExpressJS
As an ExpressJS intermediate, I can understand the question coz even I coudnt find an expressjs tutorial that "just" works and is minimal.
You can try this http://cwbuecheler.com/web/tutorials/2013/node-express-mongo/ tutorial or the hack sparrow express tut mentioned by Wyatt
If you are completely new to MVC web frameworks, its gonna take a lot of patience. Since I worked on Django befor, I was able to stand up n run pretty quickly with ExpressJS
So even if the tutorial doesnt make sense there's plenty of other resources likes docs, google and StackOverFlow :D