Italian Meat Sauce

Southern Living
10 cups


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1 pound ground pork*
1 pound ground beef
1 medium onion, diced
2 celery ribs, diced
2 small carrots, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 (8-ounce) package sliced fresh mushrooms
2 (15-ounce) cans tomato sauce
1 (14 1/2-ounce) can beef broth
1 (10 3/4-ounce) can tomato puree
1 (6-ounce) can Italian-style tomato paste
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
1 (20-ounce) package refrigerated cheese-filled ravioli, cooked
Garnish: chopped fresh basil


Cook first 8 ingredients in a large Dutch oven over medium heat, stirring until meat crumbles and is no longer pink; drain.

Stir in mushrooms and next 6 ingredients; simmer 3 hours. Stir in 1 tablespoon basil just before serving; serve over ravioli. Garnish, if desired.

* 1 pound ground beef may be substituted.

Created date

December 2001