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All-Purpose Meat Sauce

 All-Purpose Meat Sauce
Meet the Cook: Experimenting with different herbs and spices led to this sauce...my husband does not like bland food! I now make it for him and our three children - 5, 3 and 22 months - at least once a week. Marc says it's even better the next day. -Sonja Fontaine, Winnipeg, Manitoba
8 ServingsPrep: 10 min. Cook: 30 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 to 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed tomato soup, undiluted
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • Pinch each dried thyme, tarragon and ground cinnamon
  • Hot pepper sauce and cayenne pepper to taste

Directions

  • In a large skillet or Dutch oven, cook the beef and garlic until beef
  • is browned; drain. Stir in all remaining ingredients. Simmer,
  • uncovered, for 30 minutes or until sauce is as thick as desired,
  • stirring occasionally. Serve over pasta or rice, or use for making
  • lasagna, pizza, chili dogs, tacos or sloppy joes. Yield: 4 cups.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1/2 cup) equals 142 calories, 6 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 30 mg cholesterol, 721 mg sodium, 9 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 13 g protein.

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Wine: Full-Bodied Red Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah.