Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr
This is a recipe that I found in "The Allergy Self-Help Cookbook" by Majorie Hurt Jones. The original recipe does not call for ground beef and I have adjusted the amount of vegetables in the recipe as well.
- cooking spray
- 1 lb lean ground beef
- 1 large onion, thinly sliced
- 1 cup celery, diced
- 1 large red bell pepper, chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 teaspoons dried oregano
- 2 tablespoons dried parsley
- 1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes (I used Dei Fratelli Seasoned DIced Tomatoes)
- 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
- 1⁄2 cup red wine (or water)
- 1 large bay leaf
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 red pepper flakes, crushed
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- Heat a large skillet over medium high heat.
- Spray w/oil.
- Add ground beef, onions. celery, red pepper and garlic.
- Saute` until beef is no longer pink and veggies are tender, about 10 minutes.
- Add remaining ingredients and stir well.
- Bring to a boil and reduce heat.
- Cover and cook, stirring occasionally for 1-3 hours.
- If sauce becomes too thick, thin with a little water.
- Remove bay leaf and serve with your favorite pasta.
I made a few changes based on what I had on hand. I used a green bell pepper and fresh herbs. I used fresh tomatoes and lots of them. I also didn't have or rather couldn't find balsamic vinegar so used red wine vinegar instead. This made for a kind of sweet sauce. I also added a pkg of sauce mix as I had used tomato sauce instead of paste. Oh and finally rather then letting this cook on the stove for 2-3 hours I placed it in the crock pot and cooked it on medium/high for 3 hours.
An oh-so-easy-to-make and wonderfully flavoursome spaghetti sauce which we thoroughly enjoyed with angelhair pasta and grated parmesan. :) In making it, I used dried Bush Tomatoes (a native Australian plant) instead of the tomato paste, a standard substitution for me as tomato paste disagrees with me, omitted the red pepper flakes (cannot abide anything hot!) and added rosemary and sage to the other herbs. I also increased the garlic and added a cup of sliced mushrooms (again, personal taste preferences). The blend of herbs with the honey, wine and balsamic vinegar gave this a distinctly different taste from other pasta sauces we've eaten. We really loved this sauce and when I make this next time, I'll certainly be doubling the recipe. Just so easy to take a quantity of this out of the freezer for really quick - and totally delicious - meals on busy week nights. Thanks so much for sharing this super recipe. Made for 1-2-3 Hit Wonders.
This is an excellent recipe!! It is very easy to prepare, with a fantastic end result, full of flavour. I too added some fresh sliced mushrooms. As I was only making for three, I had leftovers so I used the rest of the sauce in cannelloni topped with a cheese sauce and it was awesome. The sauce is very versatile and could be used with spaghetti or with cannelloni or as a sauce for lasagne. We grated fresh Parmesan cheese over ours and it really was a delicious meal.