Italian Meat Sauce
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Hearty Italian Meat Sauce

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Hearty Italian Meat Sauce

This is another recipe that has been with me for about as long as I’ve been cooking.  It’s a favorite around here, and makes it onto our dinner table frequently.  I usually serve it on top of spaghetti, rigatoni, or medium size pasta shells, but you can serve it with your favorite type of pasta.  A word of caution, however – this is a heavy sauce, so it isn’t recommended for especially delicate pastas such as Angel Hair.  Just add a tossed or Caesar salad  and a slice of garlic toast and enjoy Italian eating at it’s best!

2 Tbsp. olive oil

1/3 c. chopped onion

1/3 c. sliced carrot

1/3 c. chopped celery

1 clove garlic, minced

3/4 lb. extra lean ground beef

1 can (19 oz.) crushed tomatoes

1 can (5 oz) tomato paste

2 tbsp. dried basil

2 tsp. dried oregano

pinch of pepper

Heat oil in an electric skillet over medium-high heat.  Sauté onion, carrot, celery, and garlic until crisp, but tender.

Add beef to skillet and increase temperature to high.  Cook until beef is no longer pink, using a fork to crumble meat into small pieces.  Stir in crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, basil, oregano, and a pinch of pepper. Bring to a boil.

Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 20 – 25 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Makes 4 cups.

 

Microwave Cooking Method:

Combine onion, carrot, celery, garlic, and oil in a microwavable bowl.  Cover and microwave 3 to 5 minutes on high or til crisp, but tender, stirring once.  Stir in beef.  Cover and microwave on high for 5 minutes or til no longer pink, stirring to break up meat.  Drain fat from dish.  Stir in crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, basil, oregano, and a pinch of pepper.  Cover and microwave on high 10 to 15 minutes or til sauce has thickened, stirring 2 times.  Makes 4 cups.

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