Pasta with Beef and Mushroom Sauce; the update

Pasta sauce doesn't have to be tomato based.

Even pasta sauce with ground beef doesn't have to be tomato based.

This doesn't have a hint of tomato in it and is definitely on our list of favorites!

Pasta with Beef and Mushroom Sauce

Total time: 25 minutes 


  • 4oz (120gr) fettuccine
  • 10oz (300gr) ground beef
  • 6oz (180gr) cremini mushrooms, chopped

  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 12 – 15 sage leaves, chopped or 2 tbs dried, crumbled
  • 1 tbs Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbs Dijon-style mustard
  • 3/4 cup beef stock
  • 2 tsp cornstarch (Maizena) dissolved in 1 – 2 tbs water

Pasta with Beef and Mushroom Sauce


  • Cook pasta according to package instructions.  Drain.
  • Heat oil in nonstick skillet over medium heat. 
  • Add onion and sauté until tender, about 7 minutes. 
  • Add garlic, mushrooms, paprika and sauté until everything is well-cooked, another 7 – 8 minutes. 
  • Add beef and sauté, breaking it up as it browns. 
  • Add sage, Worcestershire, mustard and stock; stir well. 
  • Simmer, uncovered 10 minutes until sauce is thickened. If you prefer thicker sauce, stir in the dissolved cornstarch and cook until clear
  • Add drained pasta, toss well and serve.

Work is progressing… We are no longer attempting to heat all of France! (The insulation is finished)

Here is the insulated ceiling with the framework for the ceiling boards in place.

Mon mari is happy to be warm.

Of course, he had to put up some walls before that happened….

It is now, officially, a room.  There is now only one way in and out – through the door (as opposed to various openings in the wall.

Just for fun, this next photo was taken from the doorway – so you get to see opposite corners.

Note the radiator under the window providing heat.

Next the ceiling… Or is it the floor…. 

One of the two.

4 thoughts on “Pasta with Beef and Mushroom Sauce; the update”

  1. Love your pasta. I often do not use tomatoes in my pasta sauces and am perfectly happy not doing so.
    Insulation makes all the difference in the world. Of course walls do too. 😉
    We finally got our entire raised floor insulated – twice: once with fiberglass and then again with rigid foam, making the space air-tight. Walking across the floor is a pleasure now.

  2. I love your recipe – it’s perfect for this household as my daughter is fructose intolerant and tomatoes are a no no, which is disastrous for me as I love them so much !!

  3. Zoomie, one of these days ;-))
    Christine, I really liked this – without the tomatoes. Air-tight is not a word we use in these old buildings LOL
    manningroad, I can’t imagine living without tomatoes – cooking without them occasionally is fine

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