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Hearty Meat Sauce

Yield 7 1/2 cups.
Simmer a large batch of this versatile meat sauce, and then divide into even portions to be used in the four following recipes.

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 pounds ground round
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 3/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • 2 (14 1/2-ounce) cans no-salt-added whole tomatoes, undrained and chopped
  • 1 (13 3/4-ounce) can no-salt-added beef broth
  • 1 (6-ounce) can no-salt-added tomato paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large bay leaf
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

Nutrition Information

  • calories 156
  • caloriesfromfat 228 %
  • fat 4.9 g
  • satfat 1.7 g
  • monofat 0.0 g
  • polyfat 0.0 g
  • protein 18.6 g
  • carbohydrate 8.9 g
  • fiber 0.0 g
  • cholesterol 49 mg
  • iron 0.0 mg
  • sodium 125 mg
  • calcium 0.0 mg

How to Make It

  1. Combine first 4 ingredients in a large Dutch oven; cook over medium-high heat until meat is browned, stirring until it crumbles. Drain and pat dry with paper towels. Wipe drippings from Dutch oven with a paper towel.

  2. Return meat mixture to Dutch oven; add tomato and next 6 ingredients, stirring well. Bring mixture to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer, uncovered, 35 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add parsley; cook 5 minutes. Remove and discard bay leaf.

  3. Spoon 1 1/2 cups sauce into each of 5 labeled heavy-duty, zip-top plastic bags. Store in refrigerator up to 1 week or in freezer up to 3 months.

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