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QUICK PASTA SAUCE

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. ground beef (80/20)
  • 1 lb angel hair pasta
  • kosher salt
  • black pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 28 oz. Hunts tomato sauce
  • 2 to 3 bay leaves
  • pinch of crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
  • fresh parsley or basil
  • freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • finishing oil (optional)
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Have you ever just craved a really good pasta dish, but did not have the energy and/or time it typically takes to create an amazing sauce? Or maybe, jarred sauces are just not doing it for you? Well, my Quick Pasta Sauce will not only satisfy your cravings, but can be on your dinner table in less than thirty minutes. Seriously, the flavor of the sauce develops so quickly. Make plenty. One bowl serving will not be enough!

For this recipe, I decided to use ground beef (80/20). The fat content of the beef gave this sauce amazing flavor. Ground sausage, chicken or turkey are great alternatives. If you wish to take on a more vegetarian approach, substitute the meat with minced celery and carrots.

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a white bowl full of angel hair pasta mixed with sauce

HOW TO MAKE A QUICK PASTA SAUCE

Starting browning the ground beef in a deep pan. Season with kosher salt and black pepper. Once browned, add in the crushed garlic and crushed red pepper flakes. Feel free to omit the red pepper, or add a touch more than a pinch depending on your desired heat level. Toss in the bay leaves.

Pour in the tomato sauce. As a side note, I have used many different brands of tomato sauce. Hunt’s never fails me. Be sure NOT to buy the “no salt added.” To me, it is a bit too sweet. I also like to add just a touch of water to the can and pour into the sauce. Simmer.

As the sauce is simmering, start boiling water for the pasta. Do not forget to salt the water. For this recipe, I used angel hair. However, feel free to use your favorite. Cook the pasta to al dente. Transfer the pasta directly from the pot into this Quick Pasta Sauce. The little bit of transferred pasta water will only add to the flavor.

TO FINISH AND SERVE

Pour the pasta into a large bowl. Garnish with fresh chopped parsley or chiffonades of fresh basil. Top with freshly grated Parmesan cheese. For a fancier finish, drizzle on a high quality olive oil. I was lucky enough to have been gifted a few bottles of Manni Oil. It is fabulous. Honestly, I have already finished one bottle. Serve with crusty bread and a side salad. For a special treat, serve with my Red Roquefort Salad or Heirloom Tomato Caprese Salad.

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