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How to Cook Ground Beef for Spaghetti

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author image Blake Guthrie
Blake Guthrie covers travel, entertainment and outdoor recreation for many outlets, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, where he is a regular contributor. With years of experience as a professional cook, Guthrie also relishes writing about food and beverage topics. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in mass communications from Auburn University.
How to Cook Ground Beef for Spaghetti
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Spaghetti with beef sauce; it's an American twist on the traditional Italian bolognese sauce. Often spotted on serving tables at church socials, in school lunchrooms and in family kitchens across the land, it's a simple and easy meal to cook. Slight variations in recipes exist, with different spices and other ingredients added to the sauce to suit differing tastes, but it's the ground beef that adds the real oomph to this classic pasta dish.

Step 1

How to Cook Ground Beef for Spaghetti
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Brown the ground beef in a skillet over medium-high heat. Some recipes call for cooking finely chopped onions with the ground beef. Garlic and green peppers are also common ingredients that you can saute with the beef.

Step 2

How to Cook Ground Beef for Spaghetti
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Cook the meat until it is no longer pink and the vegetables start to reach a tender state. Use a spatula to work the beef so that it cooks evenly and crumbles.

Step 3

How to Cook Ground Beef for Spaghetti
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Drain the grease from the skillet and add the tomato sauce. Cover and simmer the sauce for at least 15 minutes, or until it's hot and the flavors blend.

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