Rigatoni with Meat Sauce

9
Total Time
1 hr 25 min
Prep
15 min
Cook
1 hr 10 min
Serves
4
Difficulty
Easy
Pasta with meat sauce is a staple in any Italian kitchen—yesterday, today, and forever.

Ingredients

olive oil

2 tsp

uncooked onion(s)

1 medium, finely chopped

uncooked celery

1 rib(s), medium, finely chopped

uncooked carrot(s)

1 medium, peeled and finely chopped

garlic clove(s)

1 medium clove(s), peeled and minced

uncooked lean ground beef

8 oz, (10% or less fat), turkey, or veal

canned diced tomatoes

28 oz, in juice

fresh parsley

¼ cup(s), flat-leaf, finely chopped

red wine

2 fl oz, dry, or reduced-sodium beef broth

rosemary sprig

1 item(s)

bay leaf

1 leaf/leaves

table salt

¾ tsp

black pepper

¼ tsp, freshly ground, or to taste

uncooked rigatoni

2 cup(s)

grated Parmesan cheese

4 Tbsp

Instructions

  1. Heat a large nonstick saucepan. Swirl in the oil, then add the onion. Sauté until translucent, about 8 minutes. Add the celery, carrot, and garlic; sauté until wilted, 5 minutes more.
  2. Add the ground meat and brown, breaking it apart with a spoon, until it is no longer pink. Add the tomatoes, parsley, wine or broth, rosemary, bay leaf, salt, and pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the sauce is bubbling. Immediately lower the heat and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 45 minutes. Discard the rosemary and bay leaf.
  3. Cook the rigatoni according to package directions. Drain and place in a warmed serving bowl. Pour the tomato sauce over the rigatoni and toss. Sprinkle with the cheese and serve at once. Yields 1 1/2 cups per serving.

Notes

This recipe calls for rigatoni, which have a thick tubular shape, but any thick pasta, such as shells, penne, or ziti, works just as well. Make a double, triple, or quadruple batch of sauce and freeze it for up to three months. In a pinch, the sauce can be heated up even in its frozen state, but it’s best to thaw it overnight in the refrigerator if you have time.

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