meat sauce for pasta

Meat Sauce For Pasta

August 3, 2022 6 Comments

This is the perfect meat sauce for pasta that’s so easy to make and ready in just 20 minutes.

Meat Sauce For Pasta

From the recipe collection of Tara Ippolito

Everyone needs a really great go to meat sauce for pasta.

This one is my go to.

meat sauce for pasta cover

I usually make this recipe when I’m in a pinch and don’t have a ton of time or energy to cook if I’m being honest.

I can get this on the table in 20 minutes and it’s super easy to put together.

My kids really seem to love this one, too. I think they even prefer this recipe over some sauces I make that need hours to simmer to get just right.

Im completely okay with that! If they like it and its easy to make then sign me up.

This meat sauce for pasta recipe may be relatively simple to put together but it sure does pack a lot of flavor.

Its absolutely delicious over any pasta you choose.

I know if you give this recipe a try that you’ll love it, too.

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Do I have to use beef?

Not at all. You don’t have to use beef in this meat sauce for pasta recipe.

meat sauce over ravioli

I do prefer beef but any ground meat will do.

Ground turkey, veal, chicken or even sausage would work if you prefer that.

What’s the difference between meat sauce and bolognese?

Before I start I’d just like to say that this is based on the versions I make.

I’m sure If you asked this question at a culinary school or to a trained chef there would be a much better answer.

meat sauce on the stove

For this home cook, the answer is simple.

My bolognese sauce simmers for a much longer time, has less tomatoes in it and includes chopped carrots and celery.

My meat sauce doesn’t.

meat sauce on ravioli

They are very similar but those are the differences in mine.

What pasta should I use?

If you’re really into pairing sauces with the perfect pasta then there are some that just go with a meat sauce like this.

pasta on the self

Anything with a tube like rigatoni or penne or shells that would scoop up and hold all of that delicious sauce would be great.

But the truth is that pasta is pasta at the end of the day.

pasta shells going into water

If you have someone you’d like to use then use it.

My kids wanted cheese ravioli with this meat sauce and it was delicious!

Can i substitute the wine?

If you’re not into the wine in this recipe that fine.

Just completely omit it or replace it with some beef or vegetable stock.

What should I serve with this meat sauce for pasta?

This meat sauce for pasta is a meal in and of itself.

It’s very filling and hearty comfort meal.

homemade garlic bread

If you’re looking to serve something along side of this a nice big salad would be great.

You can’t go wrong with some nice homemade garlic bread and a vegetable like roasted broccoli or brussels sprouts either.

parmesan crusted brussels sprouts

But as always the choice is completely up to you.

Other great pasta recipes

If you love an easy and delicious pasta dish like this one here are a few other sauces you’d love also.

pancetta and peas pasta
creamy tomato ravioli sauce

Meat sauce for pasta ingredients

meat sauce ingredients
  • Ground beef
  • Olive oil
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • White wine (or red if you want)
  • Crushed tomatoes
  • Salad and pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Italian seasoning
  • Pasta of choice (I used cheese ravioli)
  • Pasta water


First, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.

olive oil in a large skillet

Then add the onion and sauté it for about 2/3 minutes or until it starts to soften.

onions sautéing

Now add the minced garlic, Italian seasoning and garlic powder.

onions garlic and italian seasoning in a skillet

Sauté that together with the onion for another minute or two.

onions garlic and italian seasoning in a skillet

Then add the ground beef and season it with salt and pepper.

ground beef in a skillet with onions and garlic

Break the meat into small pieces while it cooks and drain the extra grease of it produces a lot.

breaking ground beef into small pieces

Next add the wine and turn the heat up to high.

white wine going into sauce

Bring the wine to a gentle boil and cook it down till it reduces by about half.

white wine getting cooked out of sauce

After that add the crushed tomatoes.

crushed tomatoes into sauce

Season the sauce with salt, pepper, garlic powder and Italian seasoning.

meat sauce getting seasoned

Stir everything together and let the sauce simmer. Stirring occasionally.

sautéing meat sauce

In the meantime, boil the pasta in salted water according to the directions on the package.

ravioli in boiling water

Right before you strain the pasta, add a ladle to the sauce.

pasta water going into sauce

The salty starchy water will help season and thicken the sauce.

pasta water into sauce

Now add the pasta to the sauce and gently stir it in.

meat sauce on ravioli

Serve warm and with parmesan cheese. Enjoy!

plated meat sauce on ravioli

Meat sauce for pasta recipe video

Meat Sauce For Pasta

This is such an easy and delicious meat sauce for pasta that's ready in only 20 minutes.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: easy meat sauce, meat sauce, meat sauce for pasta


  • 1.5 lbs Ground Beef
  • 2 tbs Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 1 small Onion, chopped
  • 5 cloves Garlic, minced
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 2 tbs Garlic Powder, Divided & more if needed
  • 2 tbs Italian Seasoning, Divided & more if needed
  • 1 28 oz Crushed Tomatoes
  • 1 pound Pasta
  • 1 ladle Pasta Water


  • In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the chopped onion and sauté for about 3 minutes or until the onion begins to soften.
  • Then add the minced garlic and half of the italian seasoning and garlic powder. Sauté that together for another minute.
  • Now add the ground beef and season it with salt and pepper. Cook that until the beef is browed and break it into small pieces with your spatula or spoon. If the beef produces a lot of grease drain in from the skillet.
  • Next add the white wine and turn the heat up to high. Let the wine gently boil of a minute or two.
  • Then reduce the heat to medium high and add the crushed tomatoes. Season them with salt, pepper and the rest of the italian seasoning and garlic powder. Stir everything together and reduce the heat to low. Simmer the sauce stirring occasionally while the pasta cooks.
  • Boil the pasta in salt water according to the directions on the package. Just before the pasta is done and needs to be strained, remove a ladle of the water and add it to the sauce. The salty starchy water will season the sauce and thicken it also.
  • Stir the pasta water into the sauce and add the pasta to it also. Gently toss the pasta into the sauce and serve warm.
Tara Ippolito

About Al Dente Diva

Tara Ippolito is a self taught home cook from New Jersey and cookbook author of Fast, Simple, Delicious. Better known as “T” across social media, she makes easy to follow recipes using familiar ingredients. T uses her Tik Tok, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and Pinterest channels to share recipes and cooking tips for everyday people. Her motivation to share with her followers is simple. To inspire people to cook and become more comfortable in the kitchen.

As a wife and busy mother of two little boys she she’s always cooking fast family friendly meals. Sharing her kitchen with others that want to learn is a true passion of hers. As her social media platforms continue to grow she is committed to delivering consistently delicious content to her followers.

Al Dente Diva

Hello there! My name is T & I’m a home cook from New Jersey. I love to share easy to make recipes, cooking tips & kitchen hacks with people who love to cook like I do. My recipes are all easy to follow & use ingredients most people are familiar with. Being a busy stay at home mother of two, I have to cook delicious budget friendly meals that are fast to make. I hope you find something helpful here. Thanks for coming by.

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  • Debra August 3, 2022 at 4:58 pm

    How much does this meat sauce make?

  • Phyllis August 3, 2022 at 9:32 pm

    How much white wine did you add to the meat sauce? Thanks in advance.

  • Tracey Kramer August 19, 2022 at 6:01 pm

    What type of white wine do you recommend? Thank You

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