Ground Meat-less Meat Sauce2012-11-30
- 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.
- 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
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.
Put a large pot of water on to boil for the pasta.
Add onion, carrot, and celery to the bacon. Cook until they begin to soften.
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.
Once water is boiling in the pot, salt the water, and add pasta. Cook as directed on the package.
Turn the sauce down to low, and continue to simmer until pasta is ready.
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.