Meat Sauce for Pasta

Freeze a batch of this chunky sauce for any occasion. It easily defrosts, and is ready for a hearty meal in no time.

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  • 2 pounds bulk Italian sausage or ground beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) tomato sauce
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 cans (4 ounces each) mushroom stems and pieces, drained

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  • 1/2 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 2 teaspoons garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon each dried basil, chili powder and pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Hot cooked pasta

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[step-list-wrapper title=”How to make it” time=”1 hour, 20 minutes”]
[step-item number=”1″ image_url=”” title=”” ]In a Dutch oven, cook meat and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add the tomato sauce, tomatoes, mushrooms, parsley and seasonings. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. [/step-item]

[step-item number=”2″ image_url=”” title=”” ]Uncover; simmer 15 minutes longer or until sauce reaches desired consistency. Discard bay leaves. Freeze in meal-size portions.[/step-item][/step-list-wrapper]

To use frozen meat sauce: Thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Place in a saucepan; heat through. Serve over pasta.

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Originally Published in Reader's Digest