How to Add Ground Beef to Spaghetti Sauce

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Whether you take a shortcut and use jarred spaghetti sauce or you make your own, adding meat to a vegetable spaghetti sauce can put it over the top. Although vegetarian spaghetti sauce with tomatoes, mushrooms and green peppers might be perfectly adequate for many meals, make it even more satisfying with ground beef. Because of the fat content of ground beef, cook it separately, and then add the ground beef to the sauce.

Things You'll Need

  • 3 qt. of spaghetti sauce (in a pot)
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 10-inch skillet
  • 1/2 tsp. onion and garlic powder (if desired)
  • Salt and pepper (if desired)
  • Spoon

Step 1

Simmer the spaghetti sauce on low heat to keep it warm.

Step 2

Crumble the ground beef into the skillet. Sprinkle the onion and garlic powder over the beef, and add salt and pepper, if desired. Be careful seasoning the ground beef excessively because of the seasonings already present in the spaghetti sauce.

Step 3

Place the skillet onto the stovetop and set the burner to medium.

Step 4

Cook and stir the ground beef. Break up any large clumps of beef with the spoon, and cook the beef for 10 minutes.

Step 5

Remove the ground beef from the heat when the beef looks completely browned -- no pink remaining in the meat.

Step 6

Drain off the fat from the beef and discard it.

Step 7

Pour the hot beef directly into the spaghetti sauce. Be careful of hot splatters as you add the meat to the sauce.

Step 8

Simmer the spaghetti sauce with the meat in it for 10 minutes to blend the flavors.

Step 9

Remove the spaghetti sauce from the heat, and serve it over pasta.

References

  • "Get Saucy"; Grace Parisi; 2005
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