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sauce on pasta

Doctored up Spaghetti Sauce (from a jar)

Course dinner
Cuisine American, Italian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 people
Author Coco and Ash


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 pounds ground beef (or a mixture of beef and turkey)
  • 1 small yellow onion (diced)
  • 1 small green bell pepper (diced)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon italian seasoning
  • 24 ounce jar of store-bought pasta sauce
  • 14.5 ounce can of petite diced tomatoes drained
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese (plus more for serving)


  • Prepare the veggies by dicing the onion and pepper and mincing the garlic cloves.
  • Heat a skillet over medium heat and add the olive oil, ground beef, and veggies, and 1 teaspoon of salt.
  • Sauté until the meat is fully browned and the veggies are soft. (about 7-10 min)
  • Drain the grease from the meat/veggie mixture and return everything to the pan.
  • Add in the spaghetti sauce, drained diced tomatoes, tomato paste, and another 1/2 teaspoon of salt, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning.
  • Stir everything together, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes.
  • After the 20 minutes add in the parmesan cheese. Stir until melted.
  • Serve over pasta or let cool and refrigerate until ready to use.