Cheesy Tomato Sauce with Beef (Beefing up Store Bought Sauces!)

There are a number of tasty store bought tomato sauces for pasta.  One of my favorites is also one of the most affordable – Classico Four Cheese Tomato Sauce.  However, just pouring it over pasta rarely satisfies the kids.  With a few minutes and a little creativity, though, you can turn a store bought sauce into a really delicious pasta sauce.  I always keep a jar of generic tomato pasta sauce in the fridge.  For this recipe I used the Classico sauce and some of the generic.


  • 1/3 cup oni,ons diced
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 2 tbs garlic, minced
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • italian seasonings, dried
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 jar Classico Four cheese pasta sauce
  • 1/3 jar generic pasta sauce


  1. Heat olive oil in sauce pan over medium high heat
  2. Saute onions and garlic in olive oil 2-3 minutes
  3. Sprinkle Italian Seasoning to taste hile sauteeing the onions and garlic
  4. Add ground beef and cook until browned (no pink!)
  5. Do not drain!
  6. Add ricotta cheese and mix with ground beef until creamy
  7. Add in pasta sauces and stir thoroughly
  8. Cover and simmer while pasta cooks!

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