Saturday, June 18, 2011

Ground Meat and Tomato Pasta Sauce

When it comes to ground meat I cook for boys, I prefer to use ground chicken, turkey, or pork.  Ground beef if fine, though, for this recipe if that is what you like.  Serve over any type of pasta that you want.

You will need:
1 lb ground meat
2 large tomatoes (diced)
1/3 large onion (chopped)
2 cloves of garlic (roasted and freshly pressed)
2 TBS Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp ground black pepper
16 oz tomato puree
3 TBS butter
3 TBS sour cream
1 TBS dried oregano

Put the meat in a medium sized pot with the worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper and cook over medium heat until browned, stirring often.

Once meat is browned, pour in the tomatoes, onion, garlic, and tomato puree.  Mix well and bring to a slight boil.  When it starts to boil, add the butter, sour cream, and oregano and bring back to a boil.  Lower the heat so the liquid in the pot is just slightly bubbling and then leave it alone for awhile.

If using "whole" dried oregano, like I do, instead of jarred oregano, you need to be sure to crush it before putting it into the sauce mixture.  Simply put the oregano in the palm of one hand then rub your hands together over the pot to somewhat "powder" the oregano.

Let the sauce cook for 30 minutes, stirring it really well about every 5 minutes or so.  Serve the sauce over your favorite pasta with a side of steamed vegetables and some garlic bread if you like.  My son LOVES when I make pasta and will usually ask for more.  This amount of sauce is enough for about 8 to 10 servings depending on the portion sizes, so I freeze what's left for the next time we want pasta:)  Just as good reheated!

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