Meat Sauce

26 Jul

Meat Sauce with Whole Wheat Rotini

  • 1 lb of extra lean ground beef
  • 1 large can of crushed tomatoes
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • half an onion, finely diced
  • 1 cup of red wine
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 5 to 10 cremini mushrooms, finely chopped (optional)
  • 1 green pepper, finely chopped (optional)
  • 1 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp of butter
  • 2 tbsp of parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • 1 tbsp of sugar
  • 1 tsp of oregano
  • 1 tsp of nutmeg
  • 1 tsp of paprika
  • 1 bay leave
  • salt and pepper to taste

Heat a large sauce pot on high.  Once the pot is hot, add in the olive oil, butter, garlic and ground beef.  Use a wooden spoon to break up the ground beef as finely as possible.  When the ground beef is cooked through, add the spices (oregano, nutmeg, paprika, bay leave, salt, pepper and sugar), onion, mushrooms and green peppers.   Lower the heat to medium and cook until the vegetables are soft (about 5 to 10 minutes).  Add in the crushed tomatoes, water, wine and parmesan cheese.  Once the sauce begins to bubble, turn down the heat to low and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Serve with whole wheat rotini and grate more parmesan over the pasta dish if desired.

On a side note: make use of leftover meat sauce in nachos.

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