Pasta with meat sauce is an Italian-American dish and it truly always pleases. If you’re just cooking for your family or you’re trying to impress some guests, you can count on it being a reliable crowd-pleaser. Aside from Tim always asking for it, I make this dish a lot because it’s easy, simple, filling, and quick. Oh, and it also tastes amazing. 🙂
From start to finish, it takes about half an hour. The sauce simmers while the pasta cooks and why not go ahead and look at that ingredient list. So simple! The flavor really does catch me off guard sometimes, it shouldn’t be as good as it is. The batch I made for this post was so good, my husband already wants it again. (Honestly, me too). I only made it a few days ago!
- 1 lb ground beef (I use 80% lean)
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp black pepper
- ½ tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp Italian seasoning
- 2 15-oz cans of tomato sauce
- 1 cup of water
- 1 lb dried pasta of choice
- In a large skillet, break down and brown the beef over medium-high heat.
- Add the minced garlic and cook until the beef is cooked.
- Once the beef is fully cooked, drain out the excess grease and then add the seasonings, tomato sauce, and water. Stir to combine.
- Lower the heat to medium-low, or lower, until the sauce is at a low simmer. Cover with a tilted lid.
- Allow to simmer for about 15-20 minutes, or until your pasta has finished cooking.
- While the sauce simmers, get your pasta water boiling and cook the pasta according to package instructions.
- Drain your pasta and toss in the meat sauce. Serve with grated Parmigiano Reggiano.
- *See notes about storing leftovers.
Pasta that is stored in the sauce will absorb the liquid in the sauce and will give you soggy pasta and dry sauce.