Pureed Pasta with Beef Marinara

Hormel Health Labs IDDSI Level 5 meat beef marinara with pureed pasta

Enjoying meats safely can be difficult for those with swallowing difficulties. Our new Level 5 Ready Meats are here to change that. Enjoy a classic Italian dish you know and love, now suitable for IDDSI Level 5.


1 Serving 6 Servings 12 Servings
Thick & Easy® Ground Beef (IDDSI Level 5 Ready), thawed 1/2 cup 1 bag (4.46 lb) 2 bags (4.46 lb)
Prepared red sauce*, smooth ~1/4 cup ~1 1/2 cups ~3 cups
THICK & EASY® Bulk Pureed Thickened Pasta Blend 1/2 cup 3 cups 6 cups ( 1 1/2 quarts)
Thick & Easy® Instant Food Thickener If needed If needed If needed

How to Prepare

  1. Combine THICK & EASY® Ground Beef with red sauce and stir well.
  2. Heat thoroughly to a minimum internal temperature of 165°F (if sauce separates from meat during heating, stir well and drain any excess fluid).
  3. Keep hot for service at 135°F or higher.
  4. Prepare THICK & EASY® Bulk Pureed Thickened Pasta Blend per package directions and hold for service.
  5. To serve, portion 1/2 cup of pureed pasta onto serving plate.**
  6. Top pasta with about 2/3 cup of beef & sauce mixture.
  7. Garnish with grated parmesan cheese and finely minced parsley, if desired.

Before serving, always test for Level 5 using IDDSI guidelines. If need, add 1 tsp of THICK & EASY® Instant Food & Beverage Thickener per directions for each serving of meat with sauce.

Recipe Notes:

*Make sure sauce does not have particulates and is pureed smooth before adding to beef.

**Pasta may be served in a variety of ways:

  • Portion 1/2 cup onto plate and spread evenly
  • Serve straight from the bag by making a very small snip in the corner of the bag and pipe onto plate for an easy spaghetti shape
  • Place pasta in a pastry bag with desired tip and pipe onto plate

Nutrition Information

Serving Size: ~2/3 cup meat with sauce, 1/2 cup pureed pasta

Calories: 320

Total Fat: 19g

Saturated Fat: 4.5g

Trans Fat: 0g

Cholesterol: 55mg

Sodium: 630mg

Total Carbohydrates: 21g

Dietary Fiber: 1g

Total Sugars: 5g

Added Sugars: 0g

Protein: 17g

Vitamin D: 0mg

Calcium: 4% DV

Iron: 20% DV

Potassium: 0% DV