Quick Meat Sauce for Pasta

Stir up a pot of this quick meat sauce that is perfect on spaghetti or other pasta. Quick to prepare and freezer-friendly, it’s a great addition to your meal rotation.

Quick Meat Sauce for Pasta - Stir up a pot of this quick meat sauce that is perfect on spaghetti or other pasta. Quick to prepare and freezer-friendly, it's a great addition to your meal rotation.

Pasta is a regular go-to meal at our house, particularly when all other meal plans fly out the window. I almost always have a couple of bags of pasta, a can of some kind of tomato product, some onion or other vegetables, and maybe some fresh basil.

A quick meat sauce pulls together on the stove in about 30 minutes. Served over hot penne or spaghetti alongside some bread and salad, it makes a great, fast meal to feed my small horde of children.

This sauce reminds me of one that my friend Elly made in college based on the recipe her mom made. Mrs. Shinohara was a great cook. I don’t have her recipe any longer, but this is my recreation of it. If you have time, you can allow the sauce to simmer longer to meld the flavors more. But, in a pinch, it works as a fabulous 30-minute meal.

Quick Meat Sauce for Pasta - Stir up a pot of this quick meat sauce that is perfect on spaghetti or other pasta. Quick to prepare and freezer-friendly, it's a great addition to your meal rotation.

Feel free to quadruple this recipe and stash the extras in the freezer. That will make you three quicker dinners to enjoy later. This batch will feed four adults generously. I cheated and stretched it over two pounds of pasta to feed eight, but I wished I’d had more. I don’t normally prefer red sauce, but this one made me want to keep eating it.

I used Trader Joe’s ground turkey (it doesn’t have anything weird added to it), but you could use ground beef, pork, or chicken if you have that. You’ll need some Jamie’s Spice Mix. If you don’t have that on hand, you could use Italian Seasoning or another favorite Italian style blend.

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  1. I love making my tomato sauce in the slow cooker. You don’t even have to brown the meat beforehand, just dump it in and let the slow cooker do all the work. (Plus, the house smells amazing while it is cooking!) Here’s my favorite recipe: http://twoforksonelove.com/slow-cooker-tomato-sauce/

  2. Jennifer Hoffman says:

    Sounds similar to my moms sauce- thanks for putting it in recipe form!!

  3. Nickie Smith says:

    I made this today as I’m rocking the $70 dinner meal plan this week. So fast and surprisingly tasty (no offense)! :) Actually, everything has been a hit this week and because my 3 little guys are, well, little, we’re getting lunch out of the deal, too! Thank you for putting that together!

  4. whitney zeiger says:

    very good!! my husband and I love it…unfortunately my children won’t eat meat or mushrooms, but another one of your recipes that is delicious!!

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