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Bucatini with Meat Sauce

Bucatini with Meat Sauce

Bucatini and Meat Sauce, Raise Magazine

Elevate your favorite jarred sauce for easy weeknight dinners.

Since Levon started school, we’ve made an effort to meal prep on Sundays and choose quick, easy recipes for weeknight dinners. Pasta and meat sauce is one of our favorite go-tos. The sauce can be made ahead and frozen or refrigerated, making it even easier the night of. For a lighter version, we swap the bucatini for zucchini or butternut squash “noodles,” and we’ve even made a lunch version of the sauce using ground turkey or chicken instead of beef.

What are you favorite easy weeknight meals? Share in the comments.

Elevate your favorite jarred sauce for easy weeknight dinners.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Pasta
Servings: 4
  • 2 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 4 ounces of pancetta
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 pound of ground beef
  • 1 jar of your favorite marinara sauce
  • 1 package of bucatini
  • grated parmesan cheese

  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Season beef with salt and pepper. Set aside.

  2. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add pancetta and sauté until soft, about 5 minutes.

  3. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned.

  4. Add minced garlic and seasoned beef and cook thoroughly, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon, until no longer pink.

  5. Stir in sauce and reduce to a simmer, cooking over low heat for at least 20 minutes (the longer the better).

  6. Cook pasta according to directions.

  7. Top pasta with meat sauce and parmesan and enjoy!

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