Pasta with Homemade Meat Sauce

Fran Miller


Interestingly enough, in some parts of West Virginia, if you use macaroni as the pasta, this dish is called Goulash. Imagine my shock when I went to Europe, ordered Goulash, and got something that looked like Beef Stew! Talk about culture shock!

Anyway, you can make this in about 30 minutes, if you leave the heat on the stove at medium after cooking the meat, but stir every 3 minutes to avoid scorching. Or you can simmer it on low heat for 90 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes, and teasing your loved ones with the tantalizing aroma coming from the kitchen. Your choice! Buon Appetito! =^..

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4-6 servings


10 Min


30 Min


Stove Top


1 lb
ground beef
small onion, chopped
1 clove
garlic, chopped
29 oz
can of tomato sauce (unseasoned)
1/2 - 1 tsp
oregano, or to taste
1/2 tsp
garlic salt or powder, or to taste
bay leaf
1/2 lb
of pasta, your choice

Directions Step-By-Step

In a large skillet over medium heat, brown ground beef with onion & garlic, breaking the ground beef into smaller pieces. Drain, if necessary.
Add the tomato sauce & spices (except the bay leaf) into the browned beef mixture and stir well. Tuck in the bay leaf. Cover & cook over LOW heat for about 90** minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. (Yes, I set the timer for this.)
After 60 minutes, put on a large pot of water for the pasta. Time the pasta to be done (according to package directions) when the sauce thickens to desired consistency.
Serve with salad & garlic toast.
**NOTE: If you need a quicker dinner, see the Personal Note above. Put the pasta water on when you start the sauce.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Pasta
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: Italian
Other Tag: Quick & Easy