Tuscan Meat Sauce

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READY IN: 45mins
SERVES: 4-6
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Finely chop the onion, celery, carrot and parsley.
  • In a frying pan on medium heat, heat up the two tablespoons of olive oil, add the chopped ingredients and allow them to soften.
  • Add the meat and mix everything together and cook over a gentle flame until the meat has changed color.
  • Add the tomato purée or ripe, diced tomatoes. (Less tomato lets the meat flavor come through strongly; more tomato gives a more 'blended taste').
  • Simmer gently for half an hour and season to taste with salt and black pepper.
  • If the mixture is too dry add a little more olive oil or tomato.
  • Never add water.
  • Cook the pasta, drain and pour into warm a bowl.
  • Add the meat sauce, stir, and serve. Parmesan cheese is optional.
  • Note:
  • You can make this sauce substituting mushrooms for the meat: about 6 oz. fresh mushrooms or 1 oz. of dried porcini mushrooms (soaked for 1 hour).
  • Both these sauces are excellent with pasta and polenta.
  • Serves 4 - 6.
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