Photo: John Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr
Serves 4

For picky eaters, try serving this easy meat sauce over whimsically shaped pasta, like bow ties, rotini, or wagon wheels.

How to Make It

Step 1

Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain.

Step 2

While pasta cooks, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add beef, onion, garlic, oregano, and salt; cook 5 minutes or until beef is browned, stirring to crumble. Stir in tomato paste; cook 1 minute, stirring frequently. Add tomatoes. Bring to a boil; cook 1 minute. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook 3 minutes or until thickened. Serve over pasta; top with cheese and parsley.

Ratings & Reviews


February 08, 2017
Honestly, the flavors never melded.  Needed more time on the stove, which defeats the 20-min cooking idea.

Very good!

December 23, 2016
This recipe was an option for me on the Cooking Light Diet plan.  I usually add seasoned ground beef and additional fresh herbs to jarred sauce.  This sauce was so much better and not much more work than jut buying prepared sauce.  The kids loved it.  Will make this will probably be my go-to sauce recipe!

StacyYC's Review

February 22, 2015
I thought this was a good, easy weeknight recipe. It would be very easy to double for a larger group or so you had some sauce to freeze for a future dinner. Like others have said, I think I will try crushed tomatoes instead of diced the next time just because I think my family would like it better from a texture perspective. Basil would also be a good addition.

TheAspiringChef's Review

August 04, 2014
Super quick, simple recipe. I followed the recipe exactly and it turned out great. I like a "saucy" sauce so next time will try adding tomato sauce in addition to the diced tomatoes or try crushed tomatoes as others have recommended.

melendbm's Review

September 01, 2013
This has become our weekly spagetti recipe instead of using Prego out of the can. Our kids really love it. We use crushed tomatoes in place of diced. We add 2 Tablespoons of sugar (a must!) and 1/8 cup of red wine. We also substitute Italian Seasonings for the Oregano. It is quicker and cheaper than the store-bought sauces and it tastes better.

LauraH115's Review

April 25, 2013

lperejma's Review

March 09, 2013

socialkombat1's Review

February 12, 2013
I like this recipe a lot. It's very easy. Mu husband is picky when it comes to tomatoes, so I've subbed the diced tomatoes for crushed and it's still really, really good. I usually add some basil or italian seasoning and crushed red pepper.

clbear96's Review

January 27, 2013
This was VERY good, but felt it was missing something. It took some time, but we finally figured it out! BASIL! It needs basil and maybe a little more salt. I used shrimp instead of ground beef and also added a little Italian seasoning because I love Italian seasoning! Will be making frequently!

PrimeSuspect's Review

January 13, 2013