This no-tomato ground beef pasta sauce is comfort food at its best. It's delicious and satisfying with the perfect balance of meat and vegetables (similar to this broccoli and sausage soup!). The sauce is full of flavor from chili powder seasoning and smoked paprika, is quick and easy to make and tastes great on any pasta.
For more delicious no-tomato pasta sauces also check out this creamy chicken and chorizo pasta.
Recipe ingredients and notes:
- You'll need extra lean ground beef (at least 90 percent lean) for this recipe.
- Chili powder seasoning is a spice blend made with various ground chili peppers, cumin, oregano, garlic and salt.
How to make the sauce:
See full ingredients & instructions in the recipe card below!
Step 1. Cook the broccoli.
Step 2. Saute onion and garlic.
Step 3. Cook ground beef.
Step 4. Add spices.
Step 5. Stir in cream and reduce the sauce.
Step 6. Stir in the cooked broccoli.
How to serve it:
Serve the sauce hot over pasta of your choice. Top with Parmesan cheese.
How to store it:
This pasta sauce is best consumed fresh. Storing and reheating it can cause the sauce to separate.
How spicy is this sauce?
You can choose your own spice level by using mild, medium or hot chili powder seasoning for this sauce.
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Full Printable Recipe
Ground Beef Pasta Sauce (no tomato)
- measuring cups and spoons
- knife and cutting board
- steamer basket (if using)
- garlic press (optional)
- nonstick pan or cast iron skillet
- wooden spoon
- 4 ounces small broccoli florets (about 2 cups)
- 2 teaspoons mild olive oil
- ¼ cup finely diced white or yellow onion (you need about ⅓ of a small onion for that)
- 2 large garlic cloves, peeled and minced or pressed through a garlic press
- 12 ounces extra lean ground beef (at least 90 percent lean)
- ⅜ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon smoked hot paprika
- 1 teaspoon chili powder seasoning*
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 cup heavy cream
- Bring a pot of water to a boil and boil or steam the broccoli florets to desired doneness.
- Meanwhile heat the oil in a nonstick pan or a cast iron skillet until shimmering.
- Add onion and cook until starting to soften (about 2 minutes).
- Add garlic and cook until fragrant (about 30 seconds).
- Add the beef and cook until no longer pink and starting to brown on the edges (about 7 minutes). Use a wooden spoon to break up large chunks of meat while cooking.
- Stir in salt, paprika, chili powder seasoning and pepper.
- Pour in the cream. Simmer until the sauce has thickened enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon (about 4 minutes).
- Stir in the broccoli florets and serve the sauce hot with pasta and Parmesan cheese.
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