Spaghetti In Tomato Meat Sauce

  • on February 8, 2021
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Spagetti In Tomato Meat Sauce


  • 1 Pound Lean Ground Meat (like beef, turkey, chicken or lamb)
  • 3 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 Cup Onion (chopped)
  • 3 Cloves Garlic (minced)
  • 2 tablespoons Tomato Paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dried Oregano
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 Cup Water
  • Broth or Dry Red Wine
  • 1 Can Crushed Tomatoes
  • Salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • Handful fresh basil leaves (plus more for serving)
  • 12 Ounces Dried Spaghetti (or favorite pasta shape)
  • 1/2 Cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese


Making Sauce

  1. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium-high heat (use a Wide one).
  2. Add the meat and cook until browned, about 8 minutes. As the meat cooks, use a wooden spoon to break it up into smaller crumbles.
  3. Add the onions and cook, stirring every once and a while, until softened, about 5 minutes.
  4. Stir in the garlic, tomato paste, and red pepper flakes and cook, stirring continuously for about 1 minute.
  5. Pour in the water and use a wooden spoon to scrape up any bits of meat or onion stuck to the bottom of the pot. Stir in the tomatoes, 3/4 teaspoon of salt, and a generous pinch of black pepper. Bring the sauce to a low simmer. Cook, uncovered, at a low simmer for 25 minutes. As it cooks, stir and taste the sauce a few times so you can adjust the seasoning accordingly.


  1. About 15 minutes before the sauce is finished cooking, bring a large pot of salted water to the boil then cook pasta according to package directions, but check for doneness a minute or two before the suggested cooking time.
  2. Take the sauce off of the heat, and then stir in the basil. Toss in the cooked pasta, and then leave for a minute so that the pasta absorbs some of the sauce. Toss again, and then serve with parmesan.
  3. Serve with hot toasted garlic bread.




  • Preparation: 5 min
  • Cooking: 40 min
  • Ready in: 1 h 30 min


  • For:
  • 4 Adults
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Popular · Spaghetti · Western

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