Hearty Meat Sauce

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

This recipe goes with Pasta Rolls with Hearty Meat Sauce, Taco Salad with Hearty Meat Sauce, South-of-the-Border Chili with Hearty Meat Sauce, Sloppy Joes with Hearty Meat Sauce

Yield: 7 1/2 cups.
Recipe from Oxmoor House

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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 156
  • Calories from fat: 228%
  • Fat: 4.9g
  • Saturated fat: 1.7g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 0.0g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.0g
  • Protein: 18.6g
  • Carbohydrate: 8.9g
  • Fiber: 0.0g
  • Cholesterol: 49mg
  • Iron: 0.0mg
  • Sodium: 125mg
  • Calcium: 0.0mg


  • 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


  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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