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Easy Spicy ground beef pasta(stove top).

Easy spicy ground beef pasta.

A spicy version of your regular beef and pasta dish.

It’s a one-pot meal you can serve straight from the stove to the dinner table. 

Imagine you are out on the road, you need to get home and fix a meal for the kids for lunch or dinner.

You are tired and want the meal done without any fuss, straight from the kitchen to the table. 

I like to add that this is me, most days.

One of the skillet dishes that help me with my meals for such days is this delicious spicy minced beef pasta.

Easy spicy ground beef pasta. A spicy version of your regular beef and pasta dish. It's a one-pot meal you can serve straight from the stove to the dinner table. #beef #spicy #ground beef #onepot #skillet #dinner #quick #easy.

 

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Easy spicy ground beef pasta. A spicy version of your regular beef and pasta dish. It's a one-pot meal you can serve straight from the stove to the dinner table. #beef #spicy #ground beef #onepot #skillet #dinner #quick #easy.

How I make the minced beef pasta for school lunch box meals.

I use the stovetop beef pasta recipe as a school lunch box meal for the kids as well.

The tomato-beef sauce adds variety to their regular school meal and is filling enough to keep them full till they reach home.

As for the amount of heat, I reduce it and substitute parmesan with grated(using the smallest holes)cheddar cheese on top. 

You can also replace your regular work lunch with this beef one-pot dish, cutting down the morning cooking hour in half as you only need to assemble the whole meal in a wok.

Want to save more time in the morning?

Cook the minced meat the night before, cool it, store. 

 

All you need to do in the morning is to heat the minced meat, cook the pasta and toss away until combined.

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Easy spicy ground beef pasta. A spicy version of your regular beef and pasta dish. It's a one-pot meal you can serve straight from the stove to the dinner table. #beef #spicy #ground beef #onepot #skillet #dinner #quick #easy.


Utensils and appliances needed.

  • Chopping board and knife.
  • Large pot with a lid to boil the pasta.
  • Wok to assemble the main ingredients.

Workflow to make the spicy minced beef pasta.

  • Make the meat sauce for the pasta.
  • Boil and strain the pasta.
  • combine both pasta and meat sauce.

Beginners tips on making the best stove-top spicy beef pasta.

  • A delicious pasta starts with NOT overcooking it, keep in mind that the remaining heat after boiling the pasta and tossing them with a hot beef sauce will further cook your pasta.
  • So make sure that it’s “al dente” or half-cooked.  
  • If you are making the meat sauce for the first time, take your time building the flavors with each ingredient while constantly tasting it, after all the meat sauce is what adds flavor to the pasta. 
  • I like to use two wooden spoons to combine the ground meat sauce with the pasta. 
  • Basil, parsley are some fresh herbs you can add at the end. I make sure to chop them finely so the kids can’t pick them off the pasta. 
  • If you are packing it up for school or work lunch, make sure the beef pasta is cool before closing the lid of the lunch box.
     
  • you can’t help but have a slightly cold pasta when served as a school lunch box meal BUT pasta always, I repeat always, tastes better when served warm and just after you cook it. 
  • Always make the minced meat sauce first and halfway through, start boiling water to cook the pasta.
  • you’ll have both the components to combine at the same time, this way you can avoid the cooked pasta drying out. 

What should I make first, pasta or sauce?

The idea is to keep the pasta as fresh as possible without letting it dry.
I would recommend making the minced meat sauce first and then halfway through start with the pasta(I’ve indicated this on the recipe instructions).

RECIPE DIFFICULTY -EASY

Easy Spicy ground beef pasta (stovetop).

4-5 tablespoons of oil

1 tablespoon of ginger-garlic paste

2 medium-sized onions sliced fine

1-2 bay leaves

2 green chillies chopped

1/2 teaspoon of chilli powder(reduce/increase as per your need)

1 tablespoon of sugar

1 tablespoon of fresh ground pepper

1 can of whole peeled tomato(you can also use a can of diced tomatoes but I like to use the first).

1 tablespoon tomato paste(I’ve also used 2 tablespoons of tomato ketchup as a substitute).

500g of ground/minced meat(you can go up to 700g if you want a more thicker meat sauce)

A pack/500g of rotini pasta

1/4 cup of coconut milk(you can use cooking cream as a substitute)

A handful of basil leaf(garnish)

1/4 cup parmesan cheese

Salt to season

Method

How to make a meat sauce for pasta.

Remove the minced meat from the refrigerator and place it in a bowl of water to thaw.

Place a wok or a large pan over medium heat, pour in the oil and add the ginger-garlic paste, saute for a few minutes(2-3) or until they release their aroma and turn golden.

Add the onions, bay leaf, green chilli and continue to cook the ingredients until the onions turn translucent.

Add chilli powder, pepper, sugar combine for a few seconds then pour in the can of peeled tomato with the tablespoon of tomato paste.

Reduce heat to low-medium, break down the peeled tomatoes while combining all the ingredients, season with salt.

(As mentioned in the beginner’s note, begin boiling water for the pasta  following the instructions given below on how to cook pasta).

Add the minced meat to the pan, combine all ingredients and cook for a few minutes while breaking down the meat(less than 5-7minutes). taste and season with salt if necessary. 

The end result should be a thick meaty sauce if you find the meat sauce too thick for your liking, pour in 1/4 cup water to thin it down.   

Once you have a thick meat sauce, taste again to check on flavors and add the pasta to the sauce, use two wooden spoons to combine both ingredients, garnish with parmesan and basil.

Serve while the pasta is still warm for the best results.

How to boil and cook pasta.

Even before you cook the pasta check the cooking time mentioned on the pasta package. (usually, it’s 8-12 minutes).

Always use a fairly large pot, this would allow the pasta to expand as it cooks without crowding and sticking together.

Place the pan over the stove and pour in the water, you will need to fill the pan with water enough to submerge the pasta(maybe 10 cups or more).

Add 2-3 tablespoons of salt to the water.

Cover pan with a lid and bring water to a fast boil with increased heat and add the pasta to the boiling water, give a stir with a wooden spoon to remove any pasta sticking together.

5 minutes into cooking the pasta, switch off the fire and let the remaining heat cook the pasta for another 2 minutes.

The pasta should be cooked at this time, immediately drain the pasta to a colander and run cold water through it to avoid overcooking the pasta.

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Easy Spicy ground beef pasta(stove top).

Easy spicy ground beef pasta. A spicy version of your regular beef and pasta dish. It's a one-pot meal you can serve straight from the stove to the dinner table. #beef #spicy #ground beef #onepot #skillet #dinner #quick #easy.

EASY SPICY GROUND BEEF PASTA.
A SPICY VERSION OF YOUR REGULAR BEEF AND PASTA DISH.
IT’S A ONE-POT MEAL YOU CAN SERVE STRAIGHT FROM THE STOVE TO THE DINNER TABLE.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

Instructions

How to make a meat sauce for pasta.

  1. Remove the minced meat from the refrigerator and place it in a bowl of water to thaw.
  2. Place a wok or a large pan over medium heat, pour in the oil and add the ginger-garlic paste, saute for a few minutes(2-3) or until they release their aroma and turn golden.
  3. Add the onions, bay leaf, green chilli and continue to cook the ingredients until the onions turn translucent.
  4. Add chilli powder, pepper, sugar combine for a few seconds then pour in the can of peeled tomato with the tablespoon of tomato paste.
  5. Reduce heat to low-medium, break down the peeled tomatoes while combining all the ingredients, season with salt. 
  6. (As mentioned on the beginner's note, begin boiling water for the pasta, following the instructions are given below on how to cook pasta).
  7. Add the minced meat to the pan, combine all ingredients and cook for a few minutes while breaking down the meat(less than 5-7minutes). taste and season with salt if necessary. 
  8. Once the meat is broken down and combined with the tomato sauce, pour in the coconut milk, reduce heat to low, cook for five minutes.
  9. The end result should be a thick meaty sauce if you find the meat sauce too thick for your liking, pour in 1/4 cup water to thin it down.   
  10. Once you have a thick meat sauce, taste again to check on flavors and add the pasta to the sauce, use two wooden spoons to combine both ingredients, garnish with parmesan and basil.
  11. Serve while the pasta is still warm for best results.

 How to boil and cook pasta.

  1. Even before you cook the pasta check the cooking time mentioned on the pasta package. (usually, it's 8-12 minutes).
  2. Always use a fairly large pot, this would allow the pasta to expand as it cooks without crowding and sticking together.
  3. Place the pan over the stove and pour in the water, you will need to fill the pan with water enough to submerge the pasta(maybe 10 cups or more).
  4. Add 2-3 tablespoons of salt to the water.
  5. Cover pan with a lid and bring water to a fast boil with increased heat and add the pasta to the boiling water, give a stir with a wooden spoon to remove any pasta sticking together.
  6. 5 minutes into cooking the pasta, switch off the fire and let the remaining heat cook the pasta for another 2 minutes.
  7. The pasta should be cooked at this time, immediately drain the pasta to a colander and run cold water through it to avoid overcooking the pasta.

 

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