Rita's Pasta and Meat Sauce


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...

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
4 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef

  • 1 onion, diced

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • cup diced carrots

  • 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 (Optional)


  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. 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 (per serving)

791 Calories
36g Fat
85g Carbs
35g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 791
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 36g 46%
Saturated Fat 15g 73%
Cholesterol 108mg 36%
Sodium 1255mg 55%
Total Carbohydrate 85g 31%
Dietary Fiber 7g 25%
Total Sugars 18g
Protein 35g
Vitamin C 44mg 218%
Calcium 159mg 12%
Iron 7mg 39%
Potassium 1113mg 24%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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