Frugal Recipe-10 minute Pasta with Meat Sauce (Bolognese)

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I love finding quick and easy recipes that taste good, don’t you? If you’re new to the blog, then I’ll just quickly tell you that I’m a full-time working mom who has no time for lolli-gagging (although, I’ve been caught occasionally stuffing my face with chocolate-but I digress).

It’s hard finding good quality recipes that don’t take an hour to make. I mean, weeknight meals should be effortless, especially since that is when you’re the busiest. So, I often gravitate toward finding recipes that I can simplify, either by prepping ahead to save time, or by doing two steps at once. And pasta recipes are a sure-fire way for you to get dinner on the table in no time, and it’s easy to make them delicious.

I’m not sure if I’m the only one that feels this way (and if you feel like this, I’d love to hear from you!), but it seems that I’m racing to get dinner done when I get home, and it often feels like it takes forever.

Perhaps, it’s because I come home tired and hungry and my girls are already asking how long dinner will be as soon as I pick them up from school.

The countdown starts when they’re picked up, so the pressure is always on to make a quick meal that tastes good for the critics in my life.

This recipe was one of my first recipes ever made, when I was a newlywed and still didn’t know the first thing about cooking. I thought it would be so hard to make, since Italian restaurants make this pasta dish and charge about $15-$20 a plate. But, it is one of the easiest meals! 

It comes out delicious and comforting every time. And the best part? It only takes about 10 minutes to make from start to finish. So, not only do I get to eat in 10 minutes, but I get to save money as well. That’s a pure win-win. And the kids? They drool over this dish. (Psst! moms who like to hide veggies in food…this is an optimal recipe for that!)

Ready? Did you put your timer on? Okay, let’s jump in!

The things you’ll need (ingredients):

1 package of spaghetti (or any other pasta shape you like)

A pound of ground beef (I use the 93% lean because it doesn’t shrink down as much)

Worcestershire sauce

A small can of tomato puree (I used the salted variety)

1 small to medium brown onion, finely chopped (I put it in my mini food processor)

1 TBSP olive oil

A fork (just kidding-you’ll have to wait a whole 10 minutes)

Step 1

Boil the pasta

Step 2

While the pasta is boiling, brown your onions and ground beef together in a skillet. Browning them together helps soften the onion without having to add extra fat. It also add moisture to the ground beef.

pasta and meat sauce

Add salt and pepper to taste.

Step 3

Add 5-6 drops of Worcestershire sauce and the whole can of tomato sauce and stir until everything is combined.


Step 4

Once the meat start to simmer, cover the skillet, turn the heat to medium-low, and let it simmer for about 5 minutes, or until the pasta is cooked through.

Step 5

Drain the pasta and put it back in the pot. Drizzle a teeny bit of olive oil on the pasta to coat it so it doesn’t stick when it cools.

Step 6

Serve and eat! I usually put a serving of pasta, spoon on the meat sauce, and sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese.

pasta and meat sauce

Sometimes I make some garlic bread on the side, but it tastes great either way.


What’s your favorite go-to meal that takes just minutes to make? I’d love to know, since, ahem, I’m kind of obsessed with quick meals that are delicious!

Until next time my frugal friends,

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