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Basic Meat Sauce

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  Olive oil 2 Tablespoon
  Ground beef 1 Pound
  Onion 1 Large, chopped
  Garlic 2 Clove (10 gm), finely chopped
  Canned crushed plum tomatoes in puree 28 Ounce (1 Can)
  Canned tomato paste 6 Ounce (1 Can)
  Water 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Dried basil 2 Teaspoon
  Bay leaf 1 , broken in half
  Sugar 1 Teaspoon
  Salt 3⁄4 Teaspoon
  Pepper 1⁄2 Teaspoon

Heat the olive oil in a large, heavy pot.
Add the ground beef and onion and cook over moderate heat, stirring frequently, for about 10 minutes until the meat has lost its pink color.
Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute.
Stir in all the remaining ingredients, bring to the boil, reduce the heat to very low and cook gently, uncovered, for 30 minutes until the sauce is quite thick.
If the sauce is too thick, stir in 1/2 cup of water or more.
Taste for seasoning and add more salt and pepper, if needed.
This will depend on the saltiness of the tomatoes and tomato paste.
The sauce can be refrigerated for up to 4 days and freezes very well.

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Side Dish

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Nutrition Facts

Serving size: Complete recipe

Calories 2214 Calories from Fat 1360

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 152 g233.4%

Saturated Fat 48.5 g242.5%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 320 mg106.7%

Sodium 2240.5 mg93.4%

Total Carbohydrates 129 g42.9%

Dietary Fiber 29.9 g119.5%

Sugars 65.3 g

Protein 102 g204%

Vitamin A 150% Vitamin C 246.7%

Calcium 63.2% Iron 81.7%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

Basic Meat Sauce Recipe