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Easy Make-Ahead Pasta Sauce

easy make-ahead pasta sauce Condiment
Easy Make-Ahead Pasta Sauce
  • Prep 20 min
  • Total 40 min
  • Servings 16

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! MORE+ LESS-

July 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)

Steps

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  • 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.

Expert Tips

  • We find that about 2 3/4 cups of sauce per pound of pasta works well.
  • 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 Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
130
Calories from Fat
60
% Daily Value
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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