December 11, 2023

Puerto Rican Style Spaghetti + Meat Sauce


Puerto-Rican Style Spaghetti + Meat Sauce
Puerto Rican Style Spaghetti + Meat Sauce isn't your average spaghetti. It's a vibrant, fusion of cultures, with a rich meat sauce bursting with the flavors of sofrito and adobo.
What Makes it Special?
• The Sofrito: This aromatic base is the heart and soul of Puerto Rican cooking. It's a blend of cilantro, recao, onions, peppers, garlic. It forms the foundation of the meat sauce, infusing it with a unique herbal depth. Use my recipe HERE, use your own, or buy it pre-made.
• Adobo: This seasoning mix features garlic, onion, oregano, salt, pepper and turmeric.
• The Meat: Traditionally made with ground beef, Puerto Rican spaghetti sauce can also be made with other meats like pork, chicken, or even seafood. The key is to cook it slowly, allowing the flavors to meld and develop.
Are you looking for more Puerto-Rican inspired recipes? Check out some of my favorites:
Pollo Guisado (Puerto Rican Stewed Chicken)
Pernil-Style Chicken Thighs
Puerto Rican Style Chicken Soup
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4


  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoons adobo
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup sofrito (store-bought or home-made)
  • 4 cilantro stems
  • 24 ounces tomato sauce
  • chopped cilantro + parmesan cheese for garnish


  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add the ground beef. Sprinkle the salt, adobo and oregano on top and using a spatula, break up the beef to cook evenly and distribute the spices.
  • Once the ground beef is almost fully browned (there can still be a little pink since it will continue to cook), push it to the edges of the pan.
  • Add the onions and garlic to the center of the pan, and stir occasionally until the onions are translucent.
  • Add the sofrito, cilantro and tomato sauce. Stir well to combine into the meat.
  • Lower the heat if needed to medium low. Cook for 15-20 minutes semi-covered with a lid.
  • While the sauce is cooking, cook the spaghetti 1 minute less than indicated on the package instructions.
  • Once the sauce is done, taste for salt and add more if needed.
  • Remove the cilantro stems.
  • Add the cooked spaghetti a little at a time to the sauce and mix. Add as much you want (you may have leftover pasta especially if you like a lot of sauce to coat your spaghetti.)
  • Garnish with chopped cilantro and grated parmesan cheese.
Keyword 30 minute meal, Dairy-free, healthy, kid-friendly, one-pot-meal, pasta
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One Comment

  1. Lisa April 11, 2024 at 6:22 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    This recipe was a HIT! I used store-bough sofrito, but I plan to make your recipe for sofrito for the next time. Thank you 🙂

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