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Flavorful homemade ragu sauce smothered over al dente spaghetti noodles is what’s for dinner. Serve with a side of crunchy garlic bread makes this recipe a favorite among the young and the young at heart.

plated red sauce noodle dish

Spaghetti is a classic dinner in many households and my house is no different. At least once a week my kids will ask for spaghetti. If you ask my son what his favorite dinner is, hands down spaghetti is the winner.

Here’s another noodle dinner recipe.

What is spaghetti?

Spaghetti is a solid, thin, long, cylinder shaped pasta that is a staple food in traditional Italian cuisine.

ragu spaghetti

How do you cook spaghetti noodles?

Spaghetti can be found fresh or more frequently at the grocery stores dried. The dried pasta takes about 8-12 minutes to cook in salted, boiling water.

How much water do you need to cook the pasta?

About 4-6 quarts.

close up of red sauce noodles

What kind of sauces can you use on?

  • Classic marinara
  • Ragu (marinara with meat)
  • Alfredo
  • Pesto
  • Brown butter

Homemade sauce is my favorite, but if you opt for the store bought I like Ragu meat sauce. Check out my homemade marinara recipe.

What type of meat can you use in ragu sauce?

My go to choice of meat to use in ragu sauce is ground beef. If you want a healthier version you can use ground turkey. I’ll often swap out the ground turkey and what’s even better my kids can’t tell the difference. Like a little spice? Try Italian sausage.

close up noodles

What goes well with spaghetti?

When using classic marinara sauce you can’t go wrong with meatballs. And of course you can’t forget the garlic bread. A good old tossed salad also would work. Can’t decide on one, just have them all.

How to make homestyle spaghetti?

Place large pot of salted water over high heat and heat until a rolling boil. Add your favorite spaghetti. Cook per package instructions (generally boiling 8-12 minutes) or until al dente. Strain noodles and set aside. Add avocado oil (or oil of choice) to saute pan over medium-high heat. Add onions and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add in ground beef. Season with salt and pepper. Saute until browned, about 8 minutes. Add your favorite jar of marinara sauce. Saute until heated through.

ragu spaghetti

Homestyle Spaghetti

Relle
Flavorful homemade ragu sauce smothered over al dente spaghetti noodles is what’s for dinner. Serve with a side of crunchy garlic bread makes this recipe a favorite among the young and the young at heart.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 340 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 4 quarts water
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon salt divided
  • 1 box spaghetti noddles
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon avocado oil
  • 1 small round onion diced
  • 28 ounces ragu style sauce

Instructions
 

  • Place large pot of salted water over high heat and heat until a rolling boil.
  • Add your favorite spaghetti. Cook per package instructions (generally boiling 8-12 minutes) or until al dente.
  • Strain noodles and set aside.
  • Add avocado oil (or oil of choice) to saute pan over medium-high heat.
  • Add onions and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes.
  • Add in ground beef. Season with salt and pepper. Saute until browned, about 8 minutes.
  • Add your favorite jar of marinara sauce. Saute until heated through.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 340kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 24gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 71mgSodium: 1217mgFiber: 4gSugar: 9g
Keyword dinner, easy recipe, homestyle spaghetti, keeping it relle, kid friendly recipe, noodles, pasta, spghetti
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By on August 15th, 2019

About Relle

Aloha, my name is Relle and welcome to my little home on the internet where I like to share all my favorite Hawaiian recipes (and local ones too).

I am a wife, mom of two, and nurse practitioner here in the beautiful state of Hawai’i. I was born and raised in Hawai’i and I am of native Hawaiian descent. In my spare time I love to cook and bake and I have compiled many of my favorite recipes here for you to enjoy.

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