Recipe By Rita
Published Jun 19th
Rita’s Pasta and Meat Sauce
Prep 10m Cook 40m Additional - Ready In 50m
Servings 4 servings Calories 790.9

This dish is great for kids and adults. There’s a sweetness to the meat sauce that kids love and then they don’t seem to mind that there are veggies in the sauce…

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ⅓ cup diced carrots
  • ⅓ cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can stewed tomatoes, with juice
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ¾ cup tomato sauce
  • 1 ½ tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 (12 ounce) package farfalle (bow tie) pasta
  • ¼ cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 In a large skillet over medium heat, combine ground beef, onion and garlic. Cook until meat is evenly brown. Drain excess fat. Stir in carrots, bell pepper, diced tomatoes and stewed tomatoes with juice. Season with onion powder, parsley, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper. Cover, and simmer 15 minutes. Stir in tomato sauce and sugar. Simmer 15 minutes more.
  2. 2 Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta, and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, or until al dente; drain. Toss pasta with meat sauce until evenly coated, and serve with crumbled Gorgonzola.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 790.9
  • Carbohydrate 84.8 g
  • Cholesterol 107.7 mg
  • Fat 35.6 g
  • Fiber 7 g
  • Protein 35.4 g
  • Saturated Fat 14.6 g
  • Sodium 1255.3 mg
  • Sugar 17.9 g


  1. I just used 3 tomatoes and ketchup instead of stewed and juiced tomatoes and white sugar and it worked like a charm
  2. I have made this recipe several times now it is possibly my favorite pasta recipe of all times I absolutely love it and make it just the way it is called for except if I don't have tomatoes I put in a can of Rotel and skip the cayenne pepper
  3. I used leftover sloppy joe meat that had veggies in it so I skipped the steps for cooking the ground beef and veggies. I used tomato sauce instead of stewed tomatoes. Turned out pretty good.
  4. Very great taste but not enough sauce. I would use more tomato sauce and alittle more meat! overall amazing flavor!!
  5. Yum! Served this with fusili. It is a fairly meaty sauce with a good mix of veggies and the sweetness is just right. Quick too. Two notes: 1) I used a can of diced tomatoes to replace the stewed tomatoes AND the fresh ones 2)I used crushed tomatoes instead of sauce. Those substitutions are almost - Read more ...