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