Quick and Easy Beef Pasta Sauce
  • 40 to 45 minutes
  • Makes 4 servings.
  • Side Dish

Easy Homemade Beef Pasta Sauce

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

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

Instructions

  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.

    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.
  2. 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.

  3. 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.


  • Test Kitchen Tips 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.