Basic Meat Sauce

This meat sauce has slow-cooked flavor (without requiring hours at the stove).

  • Yield: Makes 5 cups

Source: Blueprint, September/October 2007

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef chuck
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1 can (28 ounces) whole peeled plum tomatoes with juice

Directions

  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, garlic, salt, and pepper. Cook until softened, 3 to 5 minutes.

  2. Add beef and cook, breaking up with a spoon until no longer pink, 4 to 5 minutes. Add tomato paste and cook 1 to 2 minutes.

  3. Add tomatoes and juice, breaking up tomatoes. Simmer over medium heat until thickened and saucy, 45 to 60 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

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