Classic Meat Sauce with Linguine

Classic Meat Sauce with Linguine is simple, homemade and delicious. Linguine is tossed wit a ground beef ragu and is one of my favorite meat sauce recipes!

So today I have been uploading a lot of my old posts into FLICKR, mostly for storing them and to edit them a tad. While I was doing this I noticed one major thing.  When it comes to photography, I had no idea what I was doing in the beginning of my blogging days, not that I know a whole lot now, but I have definitely improved. I am struggling not to redo every post!   If you ever take the time and go back through my posts, you will for surely tell the difference between my Canon point and shoot, and my Nikon D-SLR. WOWZA!! HOLY BLURRY  PICTURES!! I want to cringe at most of those babies and it makes me want to redo all of them!!


All of this hard work made me work up an appetite for spaghetti. It’s simple, basic and comforting! Not to mention that I was in the mood for pasta! In my novice years of cooking I would have bought Prego or Ragu and call it dinner. But it just doesn’t come close to making it. It really is easy to do it yourself. So ya know, in no way am I sure that I could claim this authentic Italian cuisine… but it is yummy and fills my house up with the smell of garlic and wine! {Hint Hint Glade… plug-in?!}

This is what you’ll need to get this going! First and most important, Wine, {3} Garlic Cloves, a Shallot, Crushed Tomatoes, Tomato Sauce, Ground Sirloin or Ground Chuck, Linguine, Red Pepper Flakes, Salt and Pepper… Oh! Don’t forget the olive oil! Hey… at least I remembered the garlic this post! 🙂

Heat some olive oil in your largest skillet over medium heat.

Take your shallot, peel and dice it up!

Grab those three garlic cloves and with the back of your knife or the bottom of one of the tomato cans, give it a good smash. Then mince the bejesus out of it.

When the olive oil is heated and all shimmery, add the shallots and cook until slightly translucent and soft. Then toss in those 3 chopped garlic cloves and cook for about a minute.

After a minute you should begin to smart smelling the garlic… it’s fantastic!

Add your pound of ground meat, cook until the meat is no longer pink

Get out your bowl of red chili flakes… What?… You don’t have a designated bowl for this stuff? Don’t freak out you will only need a pinch.

This is my pinch 🙂

Add “your” pinch to the meat and season with salt and pepper. Here is where it may get controversial. Ready? I don’t drain the fat out. WHAT?!?! I know… but it adds so much more flavor. Do you what you feel comfortable with, I know fat really freaks people out… but unless there is some unruly amount of fat in the pan… I just leave it, trust me on this you wont even know it was there!

Add both cans of sauce to the ground beef. My can of crushed tomatoes had basil in it. But if yours doesn’t, feel free to add minced fresh basil right at the end!

Uncork that bottle of wine and pour yourself a glass… but make sure to save enough to add to the sauce.

I add a “splash”, whatever that means… I don’t measure it. Just go with your gut! I say “go big or go home” {that’s my life motto}!

Season with some kosher salt and pepper. Stir, cover and reduce to a simmer for about 15 minutes. While that’s cooking heat a large pot of salted water.

Add your pound of linguine and cook as directed on the box. You could definitely use spaghetti if you want… I just am a fan of these noodles. When I add the noodles, I also add some olive oil to the pot.  In my opinion it helps from the water from frothing over and keeps the noodles from sticking.

When the noodles are done, dump them in to a colander and then back into the sauce. PS… I LOVE this photo!

Toss until all the sauce is distributed among the noodles.

Serve a heaping amount on a plate with garlic toast and fresh grated Parmesan. I hope you love this as much as my family does!

Enjoy! And if you give this recipe a try, let me know by snapping a photo and tagging me on twitter or instagram!

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Classic Meat Sauce with Linguine

Classic Tomato Meat Sauce with Linguine is simple, homemade and delicious. Linguine is tossed wit a ground beef ragu and is one of my favorite meat sauce recipes!

Yield: 4-6 servings, maybe even 8 depending on serving amounts

Prep Time: 15 Minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: about 1 hour


1 pound Ground Chuck or Sirloin

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 large shallot, diced

Red Wine (i.e. Merlot, Cabernet or anything in your fridge!)

28 oz can Crushed Tomatoes

15 oz can Tomato Sauce

Salt and Pepper to taste

Pinch of Red Pepper Flakes

1 lb linguine or spaghetti noodles

Olive Oil

Optional Ingredients: fresh Basil


Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium heat.

Add diced shallots and cook until soft and translucent.

Next add diced garlic and cook for one minute.

To that, add ground chuck and cook until browned. Season the meat with salt, pepper and red pepper flakes.

Add the can of crushed tomatoes and tomato sauce. Add a splash of red wine, stir, cover and reduce heat to low for about 15-20 minutes (at least).

Mean while, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. When the water has reached a boil, add the one pound of pasta and some olive oil and cook as directed on the box.

Drain the pasta and toss with the sauce when finished.

Serve with freshly grated parmesan and garlic toast.

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14 Responses to “Classic Meat Sauce with Linguine”

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    Jennifurla — August 10, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    What gorgeous meal

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    nichole — August 10, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    Very yummy, we had spagetti last night!

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    Baby Bug Etc. — August 11, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    I love the fact that you leave your fat in…I DO TOO! You are the 1st person to ever agree on that one! And thank you for the picture of your pinch. Seriously. I'm a great baker because I follow directions well. Cooking, however, I get all caught up in exactly how much is a pinch 🙂 It drives me crazy. So, THANK YOU!

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    Laurie @simplyscratch — August 11, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    Steph… they actually do make measuring spoons labeled "pinch", "smidge" and "dash"! my mom bought them at Bed Bath and Beyond!! I about fell over, I wish I had thought of that!! 🙂

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    Mary — August 11, 2010 at 11:21 pm

    This looks wonderful, but I'll have to stop at the 'pour yourself a glass of wine' step, as it's too hot here for spaghetti. Oh, I love that bowl too. I got a set of 5 from a potter in Japan. They are the only bowls not in storage, so you may be seeing a lot of them! And fried egg sandwiches–genius! I haven't had one in far too long!

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    Kelli-Rie — August 12, 2010 at 1:03 am

    Yummy! Laurie, never knew you had such an amazing website! Do you have a button I can place on my blog? I would love to add you on there. It's great to see you and see what you've been up to! Are you a cook? I'm gonna have to try some of these recipes of yours!

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    Laurie @simplyscratch — August 12, 2010 at 1:21 am

    Thanks Kelli!! I started this blog because I love to cook and wanted to share my recipes and how easy it is to cook from scratch. I'll work on that button!! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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    steph — August 19, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    This looks great! I love a good pasta sauce.

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    Brittany — August 15, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    Wow this looks awesome! About how many will it serve? Going to try it out tomorrow 🙂

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    Laurie @simplyscratch — August 15, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    Hi Brittany! This serves 4-6 maybe even more depending on serving sizes! Enjoy!

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    Steph — January 16, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    I recently made this. This will now be my go to "pasta w/meat sauce". I loved the addition of the wine 🙂

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    Amber R. — September 10, 2012 at 1:25 am

    I made this yesterday and it was SO delicious! I’ll be making it again and again, for sure.

    I don’t want to be one of “those” people, but I adjusted the recipe a bit. Just pointing it out for other interested cooks. 🙂 I only had Italian stewed tomatoes, so I used a can of them instead of crushed tomatoes. I didn’t have tomato sauce, so I used a can of tomato pasta plus a can of water. Also, I added a pinch of sugar at the end, which really made the flavors pop in my opinion.

    Keep up the great work on your blog, every recipe of yours that I’ve tried is a keeper. I plan to make the ketchup next.

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    laurie — March 20, 2013 at 10:23 am

    I have made this several times and absolutely LOVE it! it makes a lot, so I usually freeze half for later. my husband says this is his favorite meal that I make.

    • simplyscratch replied: — March 20th, 2013 @ 10:34 am

      AH! That is awesome Laurie!!

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