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Meat Sauce for Pasta Recipe

Meat Sauce for Pasta Recipe

"I freeze a batch of this chunky sauce when I know I'll be entertaining weekend guests," says Alberta McKay of Bartlesville, Oklahoma. "It easily defrosts and reheats for a hearty meal in no time."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 1 hour YIELD:14 servings


  • 2 pounds bulk Italian sausage or ground beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) tomato sauce
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 cans (4 ounces each) mushroom stems and pieces, drained
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 2 teaspoons garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon each dried basil, chili powder and pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Hot cooked pasta


  • 1. In a Dutch oven, cook meat and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add the tomato sauce, tomatoes, mushrooms, parsley and seasonings. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • 2. Uncover; simmer 15 minutes longer or until sauce reaches desired consistency. Discard bay leaves. Freeze in meal-size portions.
  • 3. To use frozen meat sauce: Thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Place in a saucepan; heat through. Serve over pasta. Yield: About 14 servings.

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 128 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 26mg cholesterol, 773mg sodium, 5g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 8g protein .

Reviews for Meat Sauce for Pasta

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gettaf 205072
Reviewed Mar. 31, 2009

"I love this recipe for my large family. It is convenient and extremely versatile."

fayecox 130484
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2009

"I will definately make tis, this week_end and freeze some of it.Can't wait to eat some over pasta. Sounds delious."

faye_100 64557
Reviewed Jun. 16, 2008

"fantastic we love it"

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