This hearty meal is ready in just 30 minutes. Store-bought gnocchi (Italian for "dumplings") cook in just a few minutes, so they're faster than pasta. You'll have extra meat sauce left over to make Summer Beef-and-Rice Casserole later in the week.



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  • In a large heavy pot, heat oil over high. Add meat and cook, breaking it up with a wooden spoon, until it begins to brown, about 5 minutes. Add onion, carrots, and garlic and cook until meat is browned and onion is soft, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, add tomato puree, and bring to a rapid simmer.

  • Cook, stirring occasionally, until liquid is slightly reduced, about 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper; transfer 5 cups meat sauce to an airtight container, let cool, then refrigerate for Summer Beef-and-Rice Casserole. Serve remaining sauce over gnocchi, topped with Parmesan and basil, if desired.

Reviews (5)

53 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 5
  • 4 star values: 10
  • 3 star values: 25
  • 2 star values: 8
  • 1 star values: 5
Rating: 3.0 stars
Basic concept was great. The problem was that for my family, the sauce was very I added garlic powder, red pepper flakes, a tad bit of brown sugar to balance out the acid in the tomatoes, along with some dried basil. That did it, and everyone loved the recipe. Looking forward to using the sauce in the beef and rice casserole.
Rating: 3 stars
I love these 30 mins recipes that take an over hour in the end... The recipe was unclear if you drain the can tomatoes. We didn't and therefore had soup with gnocchi. In future I will drain the canned liquid and save for the night I need to use it with the rice. Also I double the recipe and barely had enough for 4 servings...
Rating: 1 stars
Unfortunately, this sauce was not quick to make. It took me almost 30 minutes to shred the carrots.The sauce was extremely plain and had no taste to it. I had to dump lots of cheese for flavor. I would not recommend this recipe. Sorry Martha!
Rating: Unrated
Cannot print recipe? Finding new website design not so helpful. Do not like popups blocking the info I am looking at. Disappointing.
Rating: Unrated
The meat sauce is tasty and best of all quick. I wanted to thank you. Your videos have changes the way I feel about cooking. My best to you!
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My gnocchi didn't seem like it cooked long enough and I had more sauce for some reason, couldn't use all the canned tomatoes. Used about a can and a half. Meat sauce was really good. Looking forward to using in the other recipe which was the main reason I made it. I love everyday food and the videos.