Basic Meat Sauce

Add this easy make-ahead Italian-spiced sauce to a variety of pasta recipes when you need a quick weeknight meal.

Basic Meat Sauce
Yield: 12 cups sauce

Ingredients

  • 4 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 large onions, peeled and chopped
  • 4 medium carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • 3 cans (28 ounces each) whole tomatoes in juice, broken up
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

Make It

1. Crumble ground beef into a large nonstick pot. Cook over medium-high heat for 12 minutes, stirring occasionally. Pour off accumulated liquid.

2. Add oil, onions, carrots and garlic. Cook for 7 minutes, stirring. Add wine; cook 1 minute.

3. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, Italian seasoning, sugar, salt and pepper. Simmer, partially covered, for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.

4. Divide 12 cups of sauce among 3 containers. Cool to room temperature, then cover and freeze for up to 2 months. Use remaining 4 cups for Baked Ziti recipe (on www.familycircle.com).

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 263, Fat, total (g): 9, chol. (mg): 70, sat. fat (g): 3, carb. (g): 16, fiber (g): 4, pro. (g): 27, sodium (mg): 587, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.