When we are in a hurry, I love to make a quick meat sauce or in Italian bolognese sauce for our macaroni dish. It really is a great way to save time for a delicious fast and easy meal.
This on is all in one pan. Cook any style macaroni to package instructions and pour it over the top. Add loads of grated cheese, some garlic bread and you got a great meal. A side salad would go nice with this as well.
Leftovers are awesome too! Make Italian meat sliders or even pour over a baked potato with shredded mozzarella. There are endless possibilities with this great starter sauce!
This one with leftovers can also be used for making rice dishes, stuffed cabbage or anything else that requires a meat sauce.
Perfect for freezing or as a starter to many meals.
Perfect slow cooked in your crockpot. Put everything in and set on low until you get home from work! See my suggestions below.
Easy Italian Meat Sauce Recipe
4 pounds of fresh plum tomatoes put through the food processor or 4 cans of plum tomatoes pulsed till still a little chunky
2 pounds ground beef
1 pound loose Italian sausage
1 teaspoon fennel seed
salt, pepper and cayenne pepper to taste
2 fresh basil leaves
3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
3 tablespoons grated Romano cheese
In a large fry pan add 3 tablespoons olive oil. Add the hamburger, loose sausage meat and garlic. Saute until pink is gone. Add the tomatoes, spices, herbs, salt, pepper and cook for 30 minutes on simmer. You can also add to your slow cooker on low for 6 to 8 hours or high for 2 to 4 hours.
Use for recipes that require a meat sauce. Perfect for topping stuffed peppers, casseroles, baked ziti, used for tex mex chili starters, add rice or vegetables ( IE cabbage, zucchini, summer squash, green beans, peas) poured over pasta of choice.