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How to Make Spaghetti with Ground Beef and Ragu Sauce

Fast, EASY and Delicious! You’ll be cooking dinner like a pro in no time flat with this recipe for a complete spaghetti dinner. You only need to know how to make spaghetti with ground beef and Ragu sauce. What could be easier?

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How to Make Store Bought Pasta Sauce Better

If you have ever just opened a jar of pasta sauce and added it to pasta, you’ve probably thought, “wow, this could be a little better”.

No problem, we will hook you right up AND show you how to make a whole spaghetti dinner complete with spaghetti sauce, noodles, garlic toast and some ideas for leftovers!

You might have been a little hesitant to make sauce from scratch, but this is an easy way to have homemade taste without going the full mile!

What Can I Add to Spaghetti Sauce to Make More

If you simply need to know how to make MORE sauce, there are a few options.

  • Add another jar of sauce
  • 2 cans of crushed tomatoes and a 4 oz can of tomato paste.
  • Add 4 oz of tomato paste and some water.

Things to Add to Spaghetti Sauce

You can add a lot of things to spaghetti sauce to give it more flavor. Simply have an idea of the flavors you enjoy the most.

Here are some of my personal favorites…

  • Sausage
  • Ground Beef
  • Italian Sausages
  • Basil
  • Chunky tomatoes
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Roasted peppers
  • Ground turkey
  • Italian Seasoning
  • Spinach
  • Parmesan

What Goes With a Spaghetti Dinner?

You’ll want to consider the classic elements if you are a beginning cook.

We always enjoy some Texas Toast, a sprinkle of parmesan and a good salad.

Dessert always works best with something chocolatey like this mousse!

garlic bread

What Can I Do with Spaghetti Leftovers?

Oh, this is a great question! Of course, you can always just serve it again on a different day.

But a baked spaghetti is a great thing as well!

What Ingredients Do I Need for How to Make Spaghetti with Ground Beef and Ragu Sauce?

At a minimum, you’ll need the following…

For Spaghetti and Sauce

  • Ground Beef
  • Spaghetti Noodles
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Garlic Powder/Onion Powder
  • Water
  • Ragu Sauce

For Garlic Toast

  • Bread
  • Butter
  • Garlic Powder
  • Salt
plate of thick spaghetti sauce

Here’s How You Do It

For the Spaghetti with Ragu Sauce

  1. Boil Your Water with Salt In It
  2. Brown the ground beef and season with salt, pepper, garlic powder and add the Ragu Sauce.
  3. Boil the spaghetti for 9-10 minutes.
  4. Drain the noodles.

For the Garlic Toast

  1. Preheat the broiler on high.
  2. Butter the bread slices, add garlic powder and salt.
  3. Broil for 2-3 minutes.

Do I Need Special Equipment to Make Spaghetti with Ground Beef and Ragu Sauce?

No, you really don’t. As long as you have a larger stock pot (4-6 quarts) and a skillet or sauce pan and a stove, you will do just fine.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

How Long Does Spaghetti Keep?

It will keep for about 5 days covered in the fridge.

Can I Freeze This?

Yes, you can freeze the sauce, the noodles or the noodles with the sauce already on top

How Do I Reheat This?

To reheat, either microwave on high in 1 minute intervals OR mix together and heat in an oven safe dish at 350 for 20 minutes.

Tips and Tricks

  • You’ll want to check out my tips on how to boil pasta perfectly for the best pasta results.
  • Browning the ground beef perfectly is something else you’ll want to master. Here’s some great tips.
  • Always add 1 Tbs of salt to your pasta water. This gives the pasta a lot of flavor.
  • If the sauce is thicker than you like, add water 1/4 cup at the time. (Use some of your pasta cooking water).
  • Is the sauce thinner than you like? Just allow it to simmer longer and the water will cook out of it and make it thicker.
  • Do you like a creamier sauce? Add a bit of parmesan and cream a few minutes before you are going to serve it.
  • Many people suggest adding some of the pasta cooking water to your sauce. Only do this if it is thicker than you prefer.
  • Want to know what goes into a Ragu sauce?

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How to Make Spaghetti with Ground Beef and Ragu Sauce

Simple, Easy and FAST! Ready in 20 minutes start to finish!
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Course: main
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how to make spaghetti with ground beef and ragu sauce
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 871kcal
Author: Wendi Spraker

Ingredients

For the Sauce

  • 2 tbs vegetable oil
  • 1 lb ground beef (low fat content)
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 24 oz Ragu Sauce prepared jar sauce
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper

For the Garlic Bread

  • 6 qrts water
  • 1 tbs kosher salt
  • 1 lb pasta noodles

For the Noodles

  • 4 slices bread
  • 4 pats butter
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt

Instructions

Before starting the sauce

  • Before starting the sauce, pour 4 quarts of water into your 6 quart stock pot. Add 1 Tbs of salt to the water. Place the lid over the top and heat on high while preparing the sauce. When the water is boiling well, it is ready for the noodles.
  • Preheat the oven to broil.

For the Sauce

  • In a large skillet, heat 2 tbs of vegetable oil over medium heat. Remove the ground beef from the package and tear into small pieces scattering them into the hot pan. Add the salt
  • Heat over medium to medium high heat until the meat is just past pink. Use your spoon to break the meat up into smaller pieces and stir meat and flip over frequently. When just past pink, add the jarred Ragu sauce all at once.
  • Stir well and add the garlic and onion powder. Add the black pepper and stir well. Reduce heat to low and continue to heat and stir while cooking the noodles.

For the Garlic Bread

  • Lay the pieces of bread onto a baking sheet and cover with pats of butter.
  • Sprinkle each piece of bread with garlic powder and salt. Set aside until the noodles are within 3 minutes of being done.
  • When the noodles are within 3 minutes of being complete, put the garlic bread into the broiler. Watch them carefully and remove when toasty and butter melted.

For the Noodles

  • When the water has reached a rolling boil, add the spaghetti noodles. Use a wooden spoon to gently press the noodles down into the water until completely covered.
  • Replace the lid onto the saucepan but allow a gap between the lid and the pot so that steam can escape and so that the pan doesn't boil over. If it seems that the pan will boil over, cut the temperature down. Stir the noodles frequently while heating. When you add the noodles to the water, the boil will stop for a short period and then return. When the boil returns, cut the heat down to about medium. Continue to stir frequently.
  • Set a timer for 9-10 minutes (or according to the cooking time on the noodle package). After 9-10 minutes, check the noodles for doneness. They should be slightly chewy but no longer crunchy at all. Pour the noodles into a strainer and then pour back into the stock pot.
  • Serve plates with noodles, sauce and your crusty garlic toast!

Notes

  • You’ll want to check out my tips on how to boil pasta perfectly for the best pasta results.
  • Browning the ground beef perfectly is something else you’ll want to master. Here’s some great tips.
  • Always add 1 Tbs of salt to your pasta water. This gives the pasta a lot of flavor.
  • If the sauce is thicker than you like, add water 1/4 cup at the time. (Use some of your pasta cooking water).
  • Is the sauce thinner than you like? Just allow it to simmer longer and the water will cook out of it and make it thicker.
  • Do you like a creamier sauce? Add a bit of parmesan and cream a few minutes before you are going to serve it.
  • Many people suggest adding some of the pasta cooking water to your sauce. Only do this if it is thicker than you prefer.
  • Want to know what goes into a Ragu sauce?

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
How to Make Spaghetti with Ground Beef and Ragu Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 871 Calories from Fat 270
% Daily Value*
Fat 30g46%
Saturated Fat 12g60%
Trans Fat 2g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 11g
Cholesterol 91mg30%
Sodium 3773mg157%
Potassium 1213mg35%
Carbohydrates 110g37%
Fiber 8g32%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 40g80%
Vitamin A 865IU17%
Vitamin C 12mg15%
Calcium 114mg11%
Iron 7mg39%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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