Rigatoni alla Meat Sauce

Megan Conner


This is comfort food to the max. This sauce tastes like it has been simmering all day long. But, lucky for you it only takes about 30 minutes. Yes, I know, I'm a genius! Without further adieu let me show you the way to make an amazing pasta dish =)

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5 Min
30 Min
Stove Top


1/2 lb
ground beef
2 Tbsp
1 Tbsp
olive oil
2 clove
white onion, chopped
green bell pepper, chopped
1 Tbsp
basil, dried (divided use)
1 Tbsp
oregano, dried (divided use)
1/2 Tbsp
onion powder
1/4 tsp
red pepper flakes
1/2 lb
rigatoni pasta, uncooked
1 can(s)
canned diced tomatoes with the juice
1 c
prego spaghetti sauce
parmesan for garnish

How to Make Rigatoni alla Meat Sauce


  • 1Start by chopping your garlic,bell pepper,and onion.
  • 2Pour your tbsp of olive oil and your 2 tbsp of butter in a pain under medium heat, let the butter melt and then throw in your red pepper flakes, onions and bell pepper in and saute them until their tender, then add the garlic, continue to saute until it becomes fragrant.
  • 3Then add your ground beef to the pan and 1/2 tbsp (of each) of dried basil, oregano,onion powder and salt and pepper,stir to combine. Continue to cook until the beef is browned.
  • 4Then drain the grease off the beef and vegetable mixture, Begin to boil your pasta water with lots of salt.
  • 5In the same pan add the 1 can of diced tomatoes and the juice, add the remaining dried basil, oregano, and onion powder, and of course salt and pepper it as well. Allow some of the liquid to cook off, then add the ground beef and vegetable mixture to the pan and cook for about 10 minutes
  • 6Then add your 1 cup of Prego traditional spaghetti sauce,(**optional** grate some fresh Parmesan cheese in (no more that 1/8 of a cup it will make your sauce too salty if you add more than an 1/8 of a cup).
  • 7Let the sauces marry for another 10 to 15 minutes together, then serve over your cooked rigatoni pasta, add more Parmesan for garnish.

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About Rigatoni alla Meat Sauce

Course/Dish: Pasta
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: Italian
Other Tag: Quick & Easy
Hashtag: #meat