Easy Homemade Beef Pasta Sauce
Ingredients icon 9 Ingredients
Servings icon Makes 4 servings.
Time icon 40 to 45 minutes


  • 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)

  • Hot cooked pasta, grated Parmesan


  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.

  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.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition information per serving not including Servings Suggestion: 299 calories; 8 g fat (3 g saturated fat; 3 g monounsaturated fat); 76 mg cholesterol; 516 mg sodium; 26 g carbohydrate; 4.8 g fiber; 27 g protein; 6.2 mg niacin; 0.4 mg vitamin B6; 2.3 mcg vitamin B12; 5.4 mg iron; 18.5 mcg selenium; 6.0 mg zinc; 80.9 mg choline.

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