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Easy Italian Meat Sauce

This all purpose meat sauce goes especially well with Easy Ricotta Gnocchi.  It is a super simple,  lighter sauce as Italian spaghetti sauces go (which is a good thing this time of year).  You can easily double it  if you want your pasta to be a little more substantial.  Enjoy!

 

Italian Meat Sauce
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Recipe type: Sauce
Cuisine: Italian
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Serves: 4 servings
 
Ingredients
  • ½ pound ground beef
  • 1-15 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 2 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 basil leaves, chopped
  • ⅛ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
Instructions
  1. Brown ground beef.
  2. To a blender, add diced tomatoes and garlic cloves.
  3. Blend until almost smooth.
  4. Heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium to medium high heat.
  5. Add tomato sauce to the hot pan and allow to boil 2-3 minutes. (do this carefully because it may splatter) Have a splatter guard or lid handy.
  6. Season with salt and sugar. (add red pepper flakes now too if using)
  7. Add ground beef and let simmer for 15-20 minutes.
  8. Serve over ricotta gnocchi or your favorite pasta.
  9. Sprinkle with chopped basil and grated parmesan if desired.

 

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By | 2016-05-24T11:57:00+00:00 July 15th, 2015|Pasta, Sauces and Marinades|0 Comments

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