Recipe: Bocconcini pasta with tomato meat sauce


I was drawing a blank for what to make for dinner the other night, so I asked Jordan for an idea. “Uhh… how about ground beef? And pasta?” was his response. With that in mind, I set out to make something delicious with those two ingredients as a base. This turned out to be a hearty, flavourful meal with lots of leftovers! I love when experiments go well.

Ingredients (for 4 servings):

  • 2 cups of bocconcini pasta (you can also substitute penne pasta)
  • 3/4 lb. of ground beef
  • 1 can of pureed (or chunky) tomato
  • 1 tbsp. crushed garlic
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/4 of an onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp. cayenne
  • 1/2 tsp. chili pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • 1/4 cup shaved parmesan
  • Ground black pepper


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions until al dente.
  2. While pasta cooks, fry ground beef in a large pan with olive oil until fully cooked.
  3. In a seperate smaller pan, fry garlic and onion for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Drain ground beef and add pureed tomato, garlic, onion, cayenne, chili flakes and dried basil to the pan.
  5. Continue cooking until this meat sauce is slightly thickened and heated through.
  6. Top pasta with the sauce and add parmesan and ground black pepper on top.





7 thoughts on “Recipe: Bocconcini pasta with tomato meat sauce

  1. Oh man – ground beef + pasta is such a dude response. 🙂 I’m sure this tasted amazing, but I’m distracted by the beautiful dish it’s served on! So pretty!

  2. This looks delicious! I’m not a meat eater, but I make a similar pasta dish and it is amazing! I love men’s simple responses to things haha. My boyfriend would probably say something similar! Luckily we know how to get creative 🙂

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