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Big-Batch Beef Sauce Recipe

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"I prepare this beef mixture on weekends when I have a little more time," relates Debbie Hodge of Kitscoty, Alberta. "Having it in the freezer is a real time-saver during the week and a great way to serve unexpected guests." She uses the versatile sauce to get a head start on casseroles, stews and several swift suppers she shares here.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 1 hour
MAKES:18-20 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 1 hour
MAKES: 18-20 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 pounds ground beef
  • 4 medium onions, chopped
  • 5 celery ribs, thinly sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 cans (28 ounces each) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 cans (6 ounces each) tomato paste
  • 2 jars (4-1/2 ounces each) sliced mushrooms, drained, optional
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Nutritional Facts

1 serving equals 437 calories, 21 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 111 mg cholesterol, 1,271 mg sodium, 19 g carbohydrate, 6 g fiber, 43 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a Dutch oven over medium heat, cook beef, onions, celery and garlic until meat is no longer pink and vegetables are tender; drain. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 1 to 1-1/2 hours, stirring occasionally. Cool.
  2. Transfer to freezer bags or containers, about 2 cups in each. May be frozen for up to 3 months. Yield: about 15 cups total.
Originally published as Big-Batch Beef Sauce in Quick Cooking May/June 2000, p14

Nutritional Facts

1 serving equals 437 calories, 21 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 111 mg cholesterol, 1,271 mg sodium, 19 g carbohydrate, 6 g fiber, 43 g protein.

Full-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah.

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Reviewed Sep. 9, 2012

When this was printed in Taste of Home, it gave 3 or 4 recipe ideas of what you can make with this beef. For some reason I can't find those online. But this is a great recipe! I freeze several bags then have a quick headstart on tacos (love this recipe way better than ground beef + taco seas and this is much healthier), meat sauce for pasta or lasagna. I wasn't thrilled with the chili recipe though. Well worth the initial time investment of cooking all that meat.

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Reviewed Feb. 10, 2010

great recipe starter! I've tried it for tacos, spaghetti sauce, lasagna sauce and chili. All are excellent!! and the sauce freezes well!

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Reviewed Feb. 10, 2010

great recipe!! I've made it several times and love the sauce to use for chili, spaghetti sauce, lasagna sauce and tacos! Such a time saver!!

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Reviewed Feb. 10, 2010

great recipe!! I've made it several times and love the sauce to use for chili, spaghetti sauce, lasagna sauce and tacos! Such a time saver!!

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