Monday, May 2, 2011

Meat Sauce for Homemade Pasta

Actually, you can use any pasta you like, homemade or store-bought.

Homemade Pasta and Meat Sauce
This is the meat sauce recipe I make once a week for my family.

Ingredients:

Either two cans of tomato sauce or 1 can tomato sauce and 1 can whole or diced tomatoes same size you see in picture. Tomatoes should equal the large can of whole tomatoes like Progresso.

Cans of tomato sauce, diced tomatos and minced onion/garlic/herbs

1 large onion
3 large cloves of garlic
3 large fresh sweet basil leaves (more if you prefer)
Fresh oregano leaves (dried if you prefer).  I use the large leave Mexican oregano so too much can be overpowering.
1/2 lb. to 1 lb. of beef (chuck roast, etc or ground beef).  If you are grinding the beef at home, be sure that the beef has some fat on it.
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Salt and Pepper
1/2 lb. beef is more than enough for my family.  Too much is not very healthy.

Dice or mince onions, garlic, herbs by hand or in the food processor.  Remove to a bowl and set aside.  Ground up beef with meat grinder or food processor.   Heat a large saucepan or Dutch oven.  Brown the meat thoroughly.  There should not be any liquid in the pot.  Add the olive oil and onion mixture.  Fry a few minutes until the onion is no longer translucent.  Add the tomato sauce/tomatoes.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Bring to a boil and then lower heat to low.  Cover and simmer for at least an hour or more.

Serve with pasta or polenta.  Top off with freshly grated Pecorino Romano or Parmesan cheese.  Serve with a green salad and garlic toast/bread.

Let's just say that my son's very picky-eater of a friend loves this sauce.

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