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This recipe was easy to make. We enjoyed the flavor and texture. It is one of Rachael Ray's recipes. Good with grated Parmesan or Romano Cheese and crusty bread.
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1⁄2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 lb ground sirloin
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, crushed under knife
- 1⁄2 teaspoon allspice
- coarse salt, to taste
- black pepper, to taste
- 1 medium portabella mushroom cap, finely chopped
- 1⁄2 cup red wine
- 3⁄4 cup beef broth or 3⁄4 cup beef stock
- 28 -32 ounces canned crushed tomatoes
- 2 tablespoons chopped flat leaf parsley
- 1 lb rigatoni pasta, cooked to al dente
- Heat heavy-bottomed pan over medium high heat.
- Add olive oil and crushed red pepper flakes and cook for 10 seconds.
- Add beef, onions, garlic, and seasonings.
- Brown for 5 minutes.
- Add mushrooms and cook 5 minutes more.
- Add wine and reduce for 1 minute.
- Add broth and tomatoes and reduce heat to low.
- Simmer 5 to 10 minues to combine flavors.
- Toss pasta with sauce.
I love this recipe, but also found the sauce very meaty - yet thin, so I add a jar of my favorite spaghetti sauce to the pot. I also let the sauce simmer longer, about 30 minutes. This usually feeds my family of 3, and I freeze the remaining sauce so it will feed us again another time.
This is good, hearty. I used 2 portabellas instead of one, and after I assembled the sauce, I left it on low in the crock-pot for a few hours until dinner. I felt it needed more spice, and although there is a lot of meat, I felt the sauce part was really thin. I'll make this again, but I'll likely add oregano and other spices as well as tomato paste to thicken it. Also, this made waaayy more than 4 servings, I think it is at least 6.