Monday, November 7, 2011

Red Sauce with Meat (aka Meat Sauce)

2 lb ground chuck
1 1/2 tbsp minced garlic
Olive oil
2 large cans Hunt's Tomato Sauce
2 large cans water
4 small cans Contadina Tomato Paste with Italian Herbs
1 1/2 tbsp oregano
2 bay leaves
1 tbsp basil
2 tbsp parsley
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1 c Parmesan cheese

This sauce can be made on the stove or in a crock pot (after you have browned your meat). Pour olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Add ground chuck and garlic. Cook meat until browned. Once the meat is brown, I start adding the sauce ingredients. If I use the crock pot, I transfer the meatballs & pan drippings to the crock. If I am using the stove I just leave them in the pot. Pour tomato sauce, water & tomato paste into the pot/ crock. Stir until paste is dissolved. Add all of the spices. Do not add the Parmesan cheese. Stir well. Bring to a slow boil. Simmer for 1 hour on the stove or 2-3 hours in the crock pot. Stir in Parmesan cheese. Simmer for 1 more hour on the stove or 2-3 hours in the crock pot. Serve with your favorite pasta. We use whole wheat pastas. The sauce can also be used for lasagna, stuffed shells, baked ziti, etc.

Note: The sauce freezes perfectly for other meals.

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