Ground Beef Pasta (Olive Oil based)

The method that I use is always the same. I just switch up the ingredients and spices.

Ingredients

  • Dry pasta (portion for 2)
  • 150g of ground beef
  • 3 stalks of asparagus (diced)
  • 0.5 cups of cherry tomatoes
  • Garlic (chopped or sliced)
  • Fresh Basil
  • Salt, peppers, chilli flakes
  • Optional: poached egg (the egg in the photo was poached via the microwave)
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Directions

  1. Heat up a pot of water and a pan with olive oil at the same time (have the two beside each other’s a good idea).
  2. Have the pan on low to med heat, add in garlic and cook till fragrant but not brown.
  3. Add in asparagus into pan and cook for approx. 5 min
  4. Halves the tomatoes and add into pan cook for approx. 2 min
  5. Add in ground beef
  6. Season the sauce base with salt, pepper, and chill flakes (keep the heat low-med still)

Once the pasta is cooked (usually 10-11 min after you place it into the pot):

  1. Turn the pan up to med-high heat.
  2. Scoop pasta out of the pot and place into pan, add one ladle of pasta water
  3. Reduce sauce while stirring and mixing the pasta
  4. Garnish with poached egg and fresh basil

Tip 1: Key thing: cook the sauce/ingredients at the same time as the pasta is being cooked. So low/med heat is usually good enough.

If the sauce is cooking faster than the pasta is ready, reduce heat to low.

 

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