cooking · Dinner

From The Pantry To Table In A Snap: Rich Meat Sauce and Spaghetti

We been working really hard on finishing up the remodeling projects in our house, with our current weekends going to our guest bathroom. So I haven’t had a lot of spare time on some the weekend nights with elaborate cooking. Often Kirk is working till 7 or 8 pm so I need quick dinners. I went for a rare beef based dinner because I was craving it. Last week I noticed at Costco they had 4 packs of 12 cans of roast beef in broth. Find them next to the cans of chicken and you can use them in similar fashion. Trader Joe’s carried a similar item but then discontinued it, although the Costco version is US produced where TJ’s was from Brazil. Anyhow the cans have just enough meat to give a good flavor but without being too much. And since it is easily drained and shredded up, even easier! It works well in pasta sauces I might add!

And everything needed for the sauce can be easily found in the pantry (if well stocked!) and be eating within 30 minutes.

Sadly no photo, we sat down to dinner after dark!

Rich Meat Sauce with Spaghetti


  • 13.25 ounce package multigrain spaghetti or angel hair, broken in half
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 14.5 ounce cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp dried onion
  • 1 Tbsp dried parsley
  • 2 tsp granulated garlic
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • 12 ounce can roast beef, drained and flaked up
  • Parmesan cheese


Bring a large pot of water to boil, cook pasta for time on package, drain.

Meanwhile in a large non-stick skillet heat over medium. Add in everything though the roast beef, mixing well, breaking up the beef into tiny pieces. Bring to a simmer, turn to medium-low and let simmer gently covered until the pasta is cooked.

Add the hot pasta to the sauce and toss well. Add cheese to taste (about a ¼ cup works well) and then serve with more cheese if desired.

Serves 3.


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