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Easy Make-Ahead Pasta Sauce

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Easy Make-Ahead Pasta Sauce
  • Prep 20 min
  • Total 40 min
  • Servings 16
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This rich and meaty pasta sauce is a keeper for a few reasons: It’s easy enough for a Tuesday night but has cooked-all-day flavor, it can be made ahead and frozen, and it makes enough for several meals. Whip up a batch, and use it in whatever Italian dish you’re craving, from spaghetti to lasagna!
Updated Jul 24, 2018

Ingredients

  • 2 lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped (1 cup)
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 can (6 oz) Muir Glen™ organic tomato paste
  • 2 cans (28 oz each) Muir Glen™ organic fire-roasted crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup Progresso™ beef-flavored broth (from 32-oz carton)
Make With
Make With
Progresso Broth

Steps

  • 1
    In 5-quart Dutch oven, cook beef over high heat 6 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until browned. Reduce heat to medium; add onion, garlic, oregano, salt, pepper and pepper flakes. Continue to cook 4 to 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until onion is softened. Add tomato paste; cook and stir 3 minutes. Stir in crushed tomatoes and broth; heat to boiling. Reduce heat to low; simmer uncovered 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Serve over pasta, if desired.
  • 2
    To freeze: Cover and refrigerate sauce 30 to 40 minutes. Divide sauce among four 1-quart freezer containers; freeze up to 2 months. To use: Place frozen sauce container in large bowl filled with hot water about 5 minutes or until sauce can be slid out of container into saucepan. Cover and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, until sauce is heated through. Use as desired.

Tips from the Betty Crocker Kitchens

  • tip 1
    We find that about 2 3/4 cups of sauce per pound of pasta works well.
  • tip 2
    Reheat sauce, and add cooked pasta. Cook and stir over medium-low heat 1 minute to allow pasta to absorb some of the sauce.

Nutrition

130 Calories, 6g Total Fat, 11g Protein, 8g Total Carbohydrate, 4g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
130
Calories from Fat
60
Total Fat
6g
10%
Saturated Fat
2 1/2g
12%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
35mg
11%
Sodium
390mg
16%
Potassium
340mg
10%
Total Carbohydrate
8g
3%
Dietary Fiber
1g
5%
Sugars
4g
Protein
11g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
2%
2%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
4%
4%
Iron
10%
10%
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1/2 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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