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All-Purpose Meat Sauce

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. Cook: 30 min.

Makes

4 cups

I learned how to make meat sauce by experimenting with different herbs and spices...my husband does not like bland food! I now make it for him and our three children—5, 3 and 22 months—at least once a week. —Sonja Fontaine, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 to 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed tomato soup, undiluted
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • Pinch each dried thyme, tarragon and ground cinnamon
  • Hot pepper sauce and cayenne pepper to taste

Directions

  1. In a large skillet or Dutch oven, cook the beef and garlic until beef is browned; drain. Stir in all remaining ingredients. Simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes or until sauce is as thick as desired, stirring occasionally. Serve over pasta or rice, or use for making lasagna, pizza, chili dogs, tacos or sloppy joes.

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