Pasta with Meat Sauce Recipe - an easy 30 minute dinner for a weeknight meal!

30 Minute Meat Sauce Recipe

Homemade sauce always tastes better than the jar version. This comes together in 30 minutes and makes a great quick, weeknight meal. Freezes with no problem! Make it ahead and pull out when you need it! 
Course dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 323kcal


  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Sweet Onion chopped
  • 4 Cloves Garlic minced
  • 1 lb Ground Chicken or Ground Turkey, or Ground Beef
  • 28 oz. Crushed Tomatoes I used crushed plum tomatoes with basil
  • 1/4 Cup Fresh Parsley chopped (measures about 1/2 cup before chopping)
  • 1 tsp Adobo
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1 to 2 Cups Water depending on how thick you like your sauce
  • 1 lb Pasta of your choice


  • Start boiling a pot of water for pasta.
  • Pour olive oil in a large pan and turn on to medium high heat. Add onions to pan, sprinkle lightly with salt, sauté for 3 to 5 minutes. Add garlic and sauté for about 30 seconds. Add chicken, cook for 5 to 7 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Add crushed tomatoes, parsley, water (start with one cup of water, add more if necessary), adobo, salt and pepper. Stir well. Lower heat to medium and let cook for about 12 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add a bit more water if the sauce thickens up more than you like.
  • While the sauce continues cooking, add pasta to the pot of boiling water and cook according to the directions on the box.
  • Serve sauce over pasta. Garnish with a bit of chopped parsley if you’d like.


Serving: 4g | Calories: 323kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 97mg | Sodium: 553mg | Potassium: 1304mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 745IU | Vitamin C: 28.1mg | Calcium: 101mg | Iron: 4mg