Spaghetti and Meat Sauce – A Simple #SundaySupper

by Renee on April 22, 2012

Spaghetti and Meat Sauce

Are you busy these days? There are so many activities happening along with work and family. The weekends should be a time of rest but are often filled with a big to-do list. Errands, chores, and events take away from a luxury of cooking a big elaborate Sunday Supper. The important thing is preparing a good meal to enjoy around the family table. Spaghetti and meat sauce is one of my quick and easy choices for those busy days.

The recipe has only a few ingredients. Ground meat, sauce, and spaghetti. I use homemade tomato sauce from a large batch I cooked when I had a day to spend in the kitchen. I froze the leftovers in portioned amounts to make it easy to pull out and defrost how much I need. When I see a busy day ahead I will take some from the freezer and let it thaw out overnight. I have also done a quick defrost using the microwave if it is a last minute decision. You can also use store-bought tomato sauce or marinara sauce. I will admit to using jarred sauce when I am out of homemade.

I serve it with a simple green salad and bread. I also use fresh grated parmesan cheese for a topping. The bread is typically French bread or something similar. Oh, and there is wine of course!

What is one of your quick and easy meals? I am always on the hunt for fast and tasty dishes to prepare on time-limited days. I like having a variety of recipes to use and new ones to try.

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Spaghetti and Meat Sauce

Spaghetti and Meat Sauce

  • 1/2 to 3/4 pound ground beef, pork, or turkey
  • 4 cups tomato or marinara sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste.
  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • Grated parmesean cheese

In a saucepan, brown the ground meat, stirring to break it up as it cooks. Transfer browned meat to a colander to drain excess fat. Return browned meat to the pan and add tomato sauce. Bring to a boil, cover, then turn down the heat to low and simmer for about 15 to 20 minutes.

Cook the spaghetti according to package directions. Strain. Place spaghetti in a pasta bowl and top with meat sauce and parmesan cheese. Serve with a simple green salad and bread on the side.

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Pam @ The Meltaways April 22, 2012 at 5:44 am

A simple go-to is always good to have on hand. This one looks delicious, and is a great pick for this week!

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Renee April 22, 2012 at 7:25 pm

Thank you Pam! Your popovers looked quite tasty too. Such great recipes for #SundaySupper.

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Liz April 22, 2012 at 6:17 am

My family would be delighted with this simple Sunday supper! Thanks, Renee :)

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Renee April 22, 2012 at 7:26 pm

Thanks Liz. Sometimes simple is the best way to go. No fuss and you are in and out of the kitchen in no time.

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Family Foodie April 22, 2012 at 8:27 am

My kids love Spaghetti and Meat Sauce and I can’t wait to try your easy version!

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Renee April 22, 2012 at 7:26 pm

Thank you Isabel! I am sure you would have to double it or more for your big family. Hungry teens are bottomless pits.

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Jen @ Juanita's Cocina April 22, 2012 at 9:19 am

It’s been SO long since I’ve had spaghetti because all I do is blog! I’m scheduling this for dinner this week!

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Renee April 22, 2012 at 7:29 pm

Spaghetti is good any day of the week. It is a family favorite here.

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Primlani Kitchen April 22, 2012 at 10:55 am

Hi Renee, Guess we both made pasta. It is the ideal comfort food.

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Renee April 22, 2012 at 7:29 pm

I agree! Pasta is so comforting, it could eat it dozens of ways.

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Carla April 22, 2012 at 11:07 am

Funny how a bunch of us did pasta for simple meals, but it’s true! And look at how different each one is. I love your idea of freezing homemade sauce in portions. I do that when I buy meats but haven’t with sauces yet. Looks delicious!

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Renee April 22, 2012 at 7:31 pm

I make big batches of sauces, soups, and stews. I am glad I have an extra freezer to hold it all. It is so convenient to have all the homemade foods for quick meals.

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Devon April 22, 2012 at 11:08 am

interesting that Consumer Reports taste-tested sauces a few years back and found Hunts Tomato Sauce (plain) to be best against all those prepared sauces. I reviewed ingredient labels and far too many like Prego and such had large amounts of sugar… now HFCS. I buy plain Hunts and spike it with some garlic and Italian seasoning as it heats up. Pour over pasta and voila, dinner.

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Renee April 22, 2012 at 7:32 pm

Tweaking store-bought sauces with garlic and seasonings do wonders for a bland sauce. Great suggestion for a quick meal.

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CJ at Food Stories April 22, 2012 at 1:05 pm

What a great take on a simple Sunday supper!

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Renee April 22, 2012 at 7:32 pm

Thank you!

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Jennie @themessybakerblog April 22, 2012 at 3:40 pm

I love classic spaghetti and meat sauce. This looks delicious, Renee. Happy Sunday.

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Renee April 22, 2012 at 7:38 pm

Happy Sunday to you too Jennie. I am really enjoying all the recipes for today’s #SundaySupper event. Fantastic line-up and finding wonderful fellow bloggers.

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Sofie Dittmann @thegermanfoodie April 23, 2012 at 9:54 am

Simple dishes are the best. It doesn’t have to be complicated to be good. :) And spaghetti & meat sauce is a staple in our family!

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Renee April 24, 2012 at 11:36 am

I agree Sofie. Not every meal has to be a culinary challenge. Keeping it simple and staying with the basics.

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Karriann April 23, 2012 at 1:31 pm

Perfect timing. I’ve been itching to make spaghetti and then this popped up! Thanks for the recipe. Can’t wait to give it a go :)

“Spice it Up”

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Renee April 24, 2012 at 11:37 am

Thanks Karriann! It seems everyone has a craving for spaghetti from time to time. I am glad it can be a quick and easy dish to make.

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