I also take liberties when I am preparing a sauce. I add turmeric, peeled and chopped apples and carrots, and I sneak in more garlic too. Garlic is an antibacterial, I add extra to everything I can. I love that Costco has elevated their offerings with plenty of organic choices. The Kirkland brand tomatoes are diced, not watered down and delicious.
If you add more parmesan cheese, be careful how much salt you add. Parmesan cheese is salty.
The key to my family eating everything I hide in the sauce is to use the food processor to chop everything. There are no “lumps,” as the kids call them. I could put the kitchen sink in the sauce if I could chop it small enough.
1 lb ground beef or Italian Sausage (casing removed)
1 medium onion chopped
2 cloves garlic minced
2 red peppers chopped
1 small pack of mushrooms
2 tsp dried Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp salt
¼ tsp black pepper
1 tsp dried basil
½ tsp dried oregano
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
796 ml Kirkland Organic Tomatoes
1 cup organic chicken broth
Grated Parmesan cheese to taste.
- Chop all vegetables in a food processor for a smoother sauce with no lumps. Use a knife to chop if you like vegetable pieces in your sauce.
- Place a large pot over medium heat and add two tablespoons of olive oil. Add onion, garlic and ground beef. Cook beef until browned. Add the rest of the ingredients and let simmer on low for at least 30 minutes (the longer, the better), stirring occasionally. Taste for seasoning.
- Serve on freshly cooked pasta. Garnish with fresh basil, parsley and Parmesan cheese.
The above list of ingredients is a starting point for this meat sauce. I like to freeze my meat sauce for a quick, easy weeknight dinner, and I take it out of the freezer in the morning so it is defrosted by dinner. Boil up some of our favorite pasta, make a salad and voilà. We eat within 30 minutes.
If you are making dinner for four stick to the portions listed above.