Easy Meat Sauce
Make your own meat sauce...it's so much tastier than the pre-packaged varieties! This recipe also makes a great base for chili and sloppy joes.
Number of Servings: 9
Serving Size: 1/9 of prepared recipe
2 pounds ground beef or ground turkey
3/4 cup onion, chopped
2 15-ounce jars spaghetti sauce
3/4 cup water
4 cloves garlic (or garlic powder)
1 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon basil
1-2 cups chopped vegetables
Time needed: 10 minutes preparation; 40 minutes cook time
- Brown meat thoroughly, making sure there is no pink color left in the meat or juices.
- Drain any excess fat from meat. Rinse with hot water.
- Combine drained meat with onion, spaghetti sauce, water and spices. Add vegetables. Cover and bring to a boil.
- Simmer 20-30 minutes or until desired consistency.
- Refrigerate or freeze leftover sauce in 1-cup portions.
|Total Fat:||6.1 g|
|Saturated Fat:||2.2 g|
|Total Carbohydrate:||11.8 g|
|Dietary Fiber:||2 g|
|Total Sugar:||7.8 g|
Allergens: Check ingredients for potential allergens.
Tips and Variations
Leave the salt and add more garlic or herbs for more flavor.
Add 2 cans of kidney beans and 2 teaspoons of chili powder to 2 cups of meat sauce to make easy chili.
For sloppy joes, add 1 tablespoon each of vinegar, brown sugar, and 3/4 cup ketchup to 2 cups of meat sauce.
Cook once and eat twice. This is a great way to use leftovers. Store leftovers in the refrigerator immediately.
This recipe was developed by University of Minnesota Extension Center for Family Development staff.
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