Ground Meat-less Meat Sauce

2012-11-30
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  • Serves: 4
  • Prep Time: 15m
  • Cook Time: 25m
  • Ready In: 40m

I love meat sauce, but I don’t eat ground beef. This sauce is a great substitute. If you aren’t a bacon fan, or prefer ground beef, you can still make it the traditional way.

Ingredients

  • 4 Slices Bacon, diced
  • 1/4 Cup Water
  • 1 Onion, diced
  • 1 Carrot, shredded
  • 1 Celery Stalk, diced
  • 1 Clove Garlic, minecd
  • 1 Tablespoon Parsley, dried
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Oregano, dried
  • 1 Teaspoon Basil, dried
  • 1 Pinch Hot Chili Pepper Flakes
  • 1 Pinch Chipotle Pepper Flakes
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt, to taste
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Freshly Ground Black Pepper, to taste
  • 1 Can Italian Plum Tomatoes
  • 1 Package Spaghetti (or any pasta)
  • Fresh Basil, chopped
  • Parmesan Cheese, freshly grated

Method

Step 1

Place the diced bacon in a sauce pan on medium heat. Add the 1/4 cup of water, and cook for 5-10 minutes until water evaporates. This will pre-cook the bacon, and render the oil.

Step 2

Put a large pot of water on to boil for the pasta.

Step 3

Add onion, carrot, and celery to the bacon. Cook until they begin to soften.

Step 4

Add garlic, parsley, oregano, basil, pepper flakes, salt, and pepper. If needed, also add some of the olive oil to the pan. Add tomatoes and mix well.

Step 5

Once water is boiling in the pot, salt the water, and add pasta. Cook as directed on the package.

Step 6

Turn the sauce down to low, and continue to simmer until pasta is ready.

Step 7

Drain the pasta. Place in a serving bowl and top with a generous amount of sauce. Garnish with the fresh basil, and freshly grated parmesan.


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