In Dorm Dining: Mom’s Meat Sauce with Pasta

By Samantha Plotner

What you need:
* pot
* frying pan
* stirring spoon
* knife
* cutting board

(all these measurements are approximate)
* 1 small package (just under a pound) ground beef
* 1 small jar (14 oz) of tomato sauce
* 1/3 cup chopped bell pepper (buying it pre-sliced will make your life easier)
* 1/4 cup chopped onion
* three cloves chopped garlic
* 1/2 cup chopped fresh mozzarella
* 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
* olive oil (optional)
* salt
* pasta (enough for however many people you’re feeding)

  1. Put the peppers and onion in the frying pan on medium low heat while you chop the garlic
  2. Add the garlic 
  3. Cut the beef into pieces and put in the pan, move it around the pan so it will cook thoroughly, wait for all the meat to brown.
  4. Start the pasta, add salt and olive oil to the water while it cooks
  5. Add tomato sauce to the beef and vegetables, stir
  6. Add mozzarella and parmesan, stir so all the pieces are coated. When mozzarella has begun to melt, the sauce is done
  7. Spoon over pasta
* Ground sausage, turkey or chicken can be substituted for beef
* Additional vegetables such as carrots or celery can be added or used in place of the peppers
* Shredded mozzarella can substitute for fresh
* The cheese can be omitted all together
Samantha is a co-Editor-in-Chief and co-Founder of The Nine Ways of Knowing and a sophomore at Barnard College. She is a frequent presence in her suite’s kitchen.

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