Friday, August 5, 2011

Pasta with Easy Italian Meat Sauce

Pasta with Easy Italian Meat Sauce recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen
I had some ground beef waiting in the refrigerator, so I flipped through my Everyday Food cookbook hoping for something new. I chose this recipe, because it looked just different enough from our usual spaghetti to spark my interest. With nutmeg and a bit of milk, this was a delicious variation on one of my family's favorite meals.  Everyone at the table, baby included, enjoyed this meal. The fact that it took me less than 30 minutes from start to finish makes this recipe a great find.

Pasta with Easy Italian Meat Sauce
recipe adapted from Everyday Food
(printable recipe)

1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 sweet onion, chopped
2 large garlic cloves, minced
3/4 pound ground beef
28 oz can of whole tomatoes
1/2 cup milk
1 dried bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon dried nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt , adjust to your taste
1/8 teaspoon freshly cracked pepper, adjust to your taste
1/2 pound fettuccine or wide egg noodles
Parmesan cheese, freshly grated for serving

Start a large pot of water to boil for the pasta. Meanwhile, heat the butter and oil in a large saucepan or skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and the garlic. Saute for a few minutes and then add the ground beef. Cook until it turns brown, about five more minutes.

Add the tomatoes and their liquid, crushing each of them with a large spoon. Stir in the milk, bay leaf, thyme, nutmeg and salt and pepper. Simmer for 20 minutes. While this is simmering, cook the pasta in the boiling salted water. When the pasta is done, drain it, reserving 1/2 cup of the water for later.

Return the pasta to the warm pot and pour the meat sauce on top of it. Stir gently to combine. Add the reserved pasta water if the pasta seems too dry. (my sauce was fine without the extra water, but it's always a good idea to reserve some water each time) Serve sprinkled with Parmesan. Enjoy!


  1. This screams comfort food, so delicious!

  2. I'm so adding this to the grocery list!

  3. This is one of my ultimate go-to dinners.

    Craving pasta now... it looks so yum.

  4. Looks yummy Miss Mary. I like easy meat sauce, may have to try this next month (this month is going healthy - I may have plans at the end of the month).

  5. I have been thinking about pasta so much lately! Thanks for an idea that will hit the spot.

  6. Mmmmm....I think I`m going to move to Italy. My Dad is gluten free, so we hardly ever have pasta. Sniff...looks really great!

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  8. That looks like my kind of meal...yummy :)

  9. Simple and delicious! Sometimes that is just the perfect meal!

  10. People don't realize it, but the secret ingredient to a killer bolognese is the dairy. If you want to try something a bit richer, add heavy whipping cream instead of the milk. Not exactly figure friendly but the taste cannot be beat!