How to Make Spaghetti with Ground Beef and Ragu Sauce (2023)

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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!

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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

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  • Bread
  • Butter
  • Garlic Powder
  • Salt
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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)

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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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

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

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.

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  • 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!

  • 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 Facts

How to Make Spaghetti with Ground Beef and Ragu Sauce

Amount Per Serving

Calories 871Calories from Fat 270

% Daily Value*

Fat 30g46%

Saturated Fat 12g60%

Trans Fat 2g

Polyunsaturated Fat 2g

Monounsaturated Fat 11g

Cholesterol 91mg30%

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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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FAQs

How do I make ragu spaghetti sauce better? ›

Maybe it needs a touch of salt, red pepper flakes, or some fresh garlic to liven it up. You could add dried or fresh herbs too: oregano, basil, thyme, tarragon, parsley—they're all great! Want to go next level? Toss in some chopped anchovies (or anchovy salt), olives, or some lemon zest and/or juice.

Can ragu be used for spaghetti? ›

Typically Ragu sauces are used with spaghetti pasta, while Bolognese is used for wider-shaped pasta like lasagna. The thinking is that the thick sauce blends better with wider-shaped pasta.

Do you cook ground beef before putting it in sauce? ›

Ground meatballs, Italian sausage, pork, or ox tail, can all be put directly into the sauce raw as long as you are cooking the sauce until the meat is cooked. I cook my sauce for approximately 4-6 hours.

Do you drain ground beef before adding tomato sauce? ›

Do not drain cooked meat. We want that oil in the sauce. Add 1 cup of water, 1 – 8 oz.

Is Ragu better than Prego? ›

Both Prego And Ragu Sauce Are Fantastic In Their Own Right

If you are looking for a healthier sauce to choose, we would recommend that you choose the Ragu sauce as it has less calories and slightly less sugar than Prego sauce.

What is the difference between spaghetti and Ragu? ›

Ragu is thicker than other sauces, and while other variations of ragu such as Ragu alla Napoletana use red wine, Bolognese uses white wine. 3. Other ragu sauces use it for spaghetti pasta, but Bolognese uses it with wider-shaped pasta like lasagna because the thick sauce blends better with wider-shaped pasta.

Is Ragu sauce already cooked? ›

Do you have to cook store-bought pasta sauce? Store-bought pasta sauce is already cooked and ready to eat, so there's no need to cook it. Heat the sauce before you toss the pasta with it, so that you bring out its aroma and add depth of flavor.

Is Ragu like marinara sauce? ›

RAGÚ® Old World Style® Marinara Sauce serves up a savory blend of tomatoes, onions and extra virgin olive oil for a classic marinara sauce. Tomato Puree (Water, Tomato Paste), Tomatoes In Puree [Tomatoes, Tomato Puree, Calcium Chloride, Citric Acid], Olive Oil, Salt, Sugar, Dehydrated Onions, Spices, Natural Flavor.

How long does it take ground beef to cook in sauce? ›

Combine ground beef, onion, garlic, and green pepper in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook and stir until meat is browned and crumbly and vegetables are tender, 5 to 7 minutes.

Is it OK to cook ground beef in tomato sauce? ›

Make this Sunday sauce for your next family dinner. Make sure to let the tomato mixture cook on low heat for an hour before adding the ground beef. Then, once you add the browned beef, let the sauce cook for another hour to have all the flavors come together.

How much sauce do you put in spaghetti? ›

An average ratio of tomato sauce to pasta is 1 1/2 cups of sauce to 1 pound of pasta. For oil-based sauces, use 1 cup per 1 pound of pasta. Go even lighter with creamy, rich sauces. Typically, we like the ratio of one jar of our sauce to 1 pound (or package) of our pasta.

How long should I cook ground beef for? ›

On most stove tops, browning a pound of ground beef takes approximately 7 to 10 minutes.

Do you drain the grease from ground beef when making spaghetti? ›

Draining the grease from ground beef will make a dish healthier and is usually recommended. Brown the meat first to extract the fat. Then, you can spoon the grease out of the pan or use a colander to drain the grease. It is important you do not discard the hot grease down a drain as it can cause damage to the drain.

What ground beef is best for spaghetti? ›

Generally, the best ground beef for a spaghetti sauce is ground chuck because it contains more fat than ground sirloin and ground round. More fat means more flavor, and you can always drain excess fat.

How do you get spaghetti sauce to stick to noodles? ›

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Is Ragu sauce any good? ›

Originally, Ragu had authentic Italian flavoring, but these days, it tastes over-processed and has lost most of its former magic. Simply put, the red Bertolli pasta sauces taste like watered-down ketchup, and the white ones have a faint milk-like taste.

What is the most popular sauce served with pasta? ›

One of the most popular types of sauce for pasta is marinara pasta sauce. However, this tomato-based sauce has its origins in Italian-American communities in the USA, rather than in Italy itself.

Should you put sugar in spaghetti sauce? ›

Why You Should Add Sugar to Your Spaghetti Sauce. The reason for sprinkling a pinch of sugar into a simmering saucepan of tomatoes is simple: sugar cuts the acidity of the tomatoes and creates an overall more balanced sauce.

What is the difference between Ragu and Bolognese? ›

They're not the same. In Italian, “Ragù” is a hearty meat sauce made of ground meat, vegetables, wine and some tomatoes. “Bolognese” is also a meat sauce, but it's a regional variation prepared in the style of Bologna hence the name: Ragù Bolognese.

Do you have to cook Ragu sauce? ›

Do you have to cook store-bought pasta sauce? Store-bought pasta sauce is already cooked and ready to eat, so there's no need to cook it. Heat the sauce before you toss the pasta with it, so that you bring out its aroma and add depth of flavor.

How do you heat up Ragu sauce? ›

Simply pour the sauce into a small saucepan while you're going about boiling your pasta. Let it come to a boil, then reduce the heat so that the sauce gently bubbles. Keep the simmer going for about 10 minutes or so, until you've noticed that the sauce has reduced and thickened a little, but is still saucy.

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