Easy Homemade Beef Pasta Sauce

Dress up any pasta dish with this simple-to-prepare Ground Beef pasta sauce. Add onion, garlic, tomato, basil and cheese to Ground Beef for a easy, yet satisfying pasta topping.

  • 45
    min
  • 4
    SERVINGS
  • 300
    Cal
  • 30 g
    Protein

Ingredients & Cooking

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound Ground Beef (93% lean or leaner)
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 can (15 ounces) no salt added or regular tomato sauce
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) Italian-Style diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • Thinly sliced fresh basil (optional)
Serving Suggestions:
  • Hot cooked pasta, grated Parmesan (optional)

Cooking:

  1. Heat stockpot over medium heat until hot. Add Ground Beef, onion and garlic; cook 8 to 10 minutes, breaking beef into 3/4-inch crumbles and stirring occasionally. Pour off drippings, as necessary.
  2. Cook's Tip: Cooking times are for fresh or thoroughly thawed ground beef. Ground beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160ºF. Color is not a reliable indicator of ground beef doneness.
  3. Stir in tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, tomato paste and crushed red pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 20 minutes to develop flavors, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; season with salt and stir in basil, if desired.
  4. Cook's Tip: Two cans (8 ounces each) tomato sauce may be substituted for 1 can (15 ounce) tomato sauce.
  5. Serve over pasta and sprinkle with cheese, if desired.

    Italian-Style Beef Sausage Variation: Prepare Italian-Style Beef Sausage by combining 1 pound Ground Beef (93% lean or leaner) with 1 teaspoon fennel seed, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon coriander, 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/4 teaspoon paprika, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper and 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper in large bowl, mixing lightly but thoroughly. Proceed as directed in step 1.

Nutrition Information

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