Mushroom-Beef Spaghetti Sauce
photo by lazyme
- Ready In:
- 6hrs 20mins
- 1 lb lean ground beef (90 % lean)
- 1⁄2 lb fresh mushrooms, sliced
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 2 (14 1/2 ounce) cans diced tomatoes, undrained
- 1 (12 ounce) can tomato paste
- 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
- 1 cup reduced-sodium beef broth
- 2 tablespoons dried parsley flakes
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄4 teaspoon pepper
- In a large nonstick skillet, cook the beef, mushrooms and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain.
- Transfer to a 3-qt. slow cooker. Stir in the tomatoes, tomato paste and sauce, broth, parsley, brown sugar, basil, oregano, salt and pepper. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours.
- Stovetop mushroom-beef spaghetti sauce : Prepare as directed in step 1. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
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This recipe is a keeper! Some modifications: added several cloves of garlic to the onion, then a couple of shredded carrots to the onion/ garlic mixture, I did not drain the beef before putting in crockpot and used only one 8 oz can of tomato paste. Also, fresh chopped parsley on top might be add more flavor. I didn't have one on hand, so made some simple arugula salad on the side (lemon-oil-Parm).
Delicious sauce, will become my standard recipe! I tripled the recipe to put some away in the freezer for future use, and the only alteration I did was add a head of garlic...couldn't quite believe garlic wasn't already called for, but it's not quite Italian if there's not garlic in it. I rate the recipe as written, but this was 5 stars when I was done. People were eating it with no noodles by the end of the night lol.
Forget the pasta, I can eat bowl after bowl of this sauce alone. The addition of the beef broth gives the sauce such a rich flavor. I must admit I made 2 small changes to the recipe though. First off I used 1/2 of the beef and added Italian sausage to the mix. The other thing I did was to cut the tomato paste back and I added a bit extra tomato sauce. That was done because a sensitivity issue with one of my kids. Though she can eat things with tomato sauce and diced cooked tomatoes, things with high amounts of tomato paste cause her oral allergy to kick in...probably because it is so concentrated. This is a real keeper Boomette! Thanks for sharing. Made and reviewed for the 54th AUS/NZ Recipe Swap.
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