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Easy Meaty Pasta Sauce – A Braised Beef Pasta Sauce Recipe


Easy Meaty Pasta Sauce – A Braised Beef Pasta Sauce Recipe

Easy Meaty Pasta Sauce – A Braised Beef Pasta Sauce Recipe

Photo (c) John Mitzewich
Most meat sauce recipes for pasta are made using ground beef. This braised beef pasta sauce recipe is very similar to those other meat sauces, but starts with cubes of beef for a nicer, meatier texture and taste.

Makes 4 Servings of Braised Beef Pasta Sauce

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes


  • 1 pound top round steak (may substitute rump roast, or chuck steak)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • red pepper flakes to taste
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bunch green onions, white and light green parts only, chopped
  • 1/2 cup beef broth or water
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 (28-oz) jar prepared pasta sauce
  • 1 lb cooked pasta to serve with the sauce
  • grated Parmesan cheese as needed


Cut the top round steak into thin strips, and then cut across to make 1/4-inch cubes. Heat the olive oil in a large deep skillet, over med-high heat. When it's hot, add the beef cubes, and cook stirring, for 10-15 minutes, or until very well browned.

Add the salt, black pepper, pepper flakes, garlic, and green onions; cook, stirring, for 2-3 minutes. Add the beef broth and milk. Bring to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes. Add the pasta sauce, and reduce the heat to med-low.

Simmer, stirring occasionally, uncovered for 45 minutes, or until the meat is very tender. Add small amounts of water or broth as it simmers to keep it from getting too thick. Serve with prepared pasta, topped with Parmesan cheese.

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