Colombian-Style Pasta with Meat Sauce(Pasta con Salsa de Carne)

by Erica Dinho on October 11, 2010

Pasta with Meat Sauce
This pasta with meat sauce is another popular dish in some Colombian homes, or at least it was in mine. It is simply a meat sauce made with ground pork, beef and vegetables and spices typically used in Colombian food recipes.

It is really simple and easy to make yet delicious. I love the kind of dishes that I can make for a weeknight dinner that will satisfy both kids and adults.

Buen provecho!



  • 1 pound pasta
  • Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 scallions, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1/3 cup red bell pepper, chopped
  • 3 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 teaspoon color or sazon goya
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup beef broth


  1. Cook pasta in boiling salted water until al dente. Drain well and keep warm.
  2. Heat oil and butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic, scallions, onion, bell pepper, tomatoes and cook for 7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the pork, beef, color, cumin, broth, salt and pepper . Cook about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the pasta to the sauce, stirring well, and cook until the pasta is heated through, about 2 minutes. Serve immediately.
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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Belinda @zomppa October 11, 2010 at 2:44 PM

What is color goya? This looks delicious!


2 Erica October 11, 2010 at 6:39 PM

Belinda- It is seasoning with color.


3 Faith October 11, 2010 at 5:27 PM

Your homemade pasta sauce looks delicious! The perfect home-cooked meal even for a busy night!


4 Ivy October 11, 2010 at 10:48 PM

I can’t say no to a lovely plate of pasta dish like this one.


5 Jeannie October 12, 2010 at 1:08 AM

Looks delicious and so simple to cook! My boys would love this meal!


6 Chef E October 12, 2010 at 2:24 PM

I love, and I mean LOVE pasta! Unfortunately I have to cut back my portion…but, there is a chance I can make this soon, just a smaller batch! It looks yummy!


7 Isabel October 12, 2010 at 5:37 PM

I made the pasta today and it was delicious!!
you should incorporate the number of servings per recipe. :)


8 Chris October 12, 2010 at 9:36 PM

Love this one, Erica. This reminds me of one of our favorite Italian dishes except it has the Colombian flair. Great job.


9 Gera@SweetsFoodsBlog October 12, 2010 at 9:40 PM

A classical dish here, a staple in several homes and I can eat that pasta with sauce meat all days!!




10 5 Star Foodie October 12, 2010 at 11:59 PM

Delicious looking pasta, love this meat sauce!


11 Sophie October 13, 2010 at 8:50 AM

MMMMMMMMMMMMM,..a lovely simple meat sauce but it all looks pretty tasty!


12 Erica October 24, 2010 at 12:33 PM

Thank you everyone!


13 Erica October 26, 2010 at 12:34 PM

Thank you all!


14 Kat October 1, 2011 at 10:54 AM

my mom used to make this! we never used pork in my house, and red peppers sparingly…but yes, all your recipes remind me of my mom’s recipes! luckily i learned how to cook like her when i moved out. ur recipes make me happy :)


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