June 16, 2009

Meat Sauce

Soon after our return from vaca, I was trying to quickly put together a dinner with the random ingredients we had on hand (I had grabbed a few groceries but no serious menu plans...). Hubs said a meat sauce and pasta sounded good so I did a quick assessment and threw this together!

Meat Sauce

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/4 cup diced onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 bell pepper, diced
  • 1/4 cup celery tops. chopped small
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped or shredded carrots
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 pats margarine or butter
  • 1/2 Tb of each parsley, basil and Italian seasonings
  • 2 Tb lemon juice
  1. Cook ground beef thoroughly being sure to break up into small chunks as it cooks. Drain grease if necessary. Put beef in a separate bowl and set aside.

  2. If there is a lot of grease still hanging out, wipe your pan with a couple of paper towels. Then caramelize onions and garlic in the same pan, add a drizzle of olive oil if needed. Once they are slightly caramelized add bell pepper, carrots and celery tops. Let veggies sweat for 5-10 minutes - you want them very soft and very caramelized.

  3. Now, add your meat back into the skillet and add your tomato sauce. Stir well, scrapping off the caramelized bits from the bottom of the pan. Add sugar, butter, lemon juice and all seasonings. Let simmer for at least 10 minutes.

  4. Serve over warm pasta!

This is really a slight variation of my spicy spaghetti sauce. It was very thick and filling; and made great leftovers! Hub really like it - I think next time though I will add a little more tomato sauce..... and no bell peppers.

This is linked to Tasty Tuesday , Tempt My Tummy Tuesday, Foodie Friday and Friday Feasts!

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Brenda said...

Don't you love it when you have all the ingredients on hand and it turns out well? Looks good!

Lisa@BlessedwithGrace said...

Looks and sounds great!! Thanks for the recipe and linking up to TMTT.

Anonymous said...

I love to use as many vegetables as possible in the things I make. This sounds great. Thanks

Mary said...

This looks and sounds geat. Thanks for sharing it with us. Have a wonderful weekend.

Nicole Feliciano said...

What a yummy treat--it's raining here so this would be a nice dinner. Thanks for the gorgeous photos. I hope you’ll share over at Momtrends for Friday Feasts. Here is the link:


Melissa Miller said...

This looks very tasty!
~Happy Foodie Friday! :)

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

what a great way to use up some veggies! Happy Foodie Friday! Have a great weekend ~ Susan

Lori E said...

I love it when a plan comes together.
The Italians refer to this kind of sauce as gravy.

imjacobsmom said...

What a yummy throw together recipe! I whip out something similar - sometimes with, sometimes without the peppers or sometimes mushrooms, too. Happy Foodie Friday! ~ Robyn

Really Rainey said...

I do that with chili sometimes and can't remember the recipe! Your meat sauce looks fantastic.
Have a wonderful weekend!
~Really Rainey~

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

I am going to try this it looks so meaty and chunky. I'm with you, no green peppers. It's so nice to meet you. I love your blog background, so cute~ ~Ahrisha~ ~