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Get Real About Dinner When You Make This Thick And Hearty Meat Sauce

Are you hungry for some homemade meat sauce? You can easily make it just by following this recipe.
Check out what my friends over at Juggling With Julia have to say about this recipe:
So why don’t I make homemade sauce more?? I often lack the right ingredients, though really how hard is it to keep canned tomatoes around? The other issue-that’s-not-really-an-issue is that I often crave it when it’s most inconvenient to make it. Like at 5:15 pm on weekday. Or late Sunday night when I think, “Gee, wouldn’t it be nice to come home to some homemade sauce tomorrow after work?”

This meat sauce is a wonderful treat for anyone because it’s homemade. Nothing beats homemade meat sauce.

1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
1 pound Jimmy Dean Italian sausage links, casings removed
2 small cooking onions, peeled and chopped
1 green pepper, seeded and chopped
1 and 1/2 tablespoons Bertolli olive oil
1 teaspoon chopped garlic
2 28-oz cans Hunt’s ground peeled tomatoes
2 14-oz cans tomato sauce
2 teaspoons McCormick oregano
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon basil
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
Salt to taste

1) In a large nonstick skillet, brown the beef and sausage, then remove from heat.
2) While the meat is browning, heat the olive oil in a large soup pot over medium-high heat. Add the onions and peppers and saute for 3-5 minutes, until beginning to soften. Add garlic, and saute for one more minute. Do not allow garlic to burn.
3) Combine the veggie mixture and the meat [either in the soup pot or a crockpot], and add the remaining ingredients (ground, peeled tomatoes through brown sugar). If using the stovetop method, bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer partially covered for 30-45 minutes, stirring occasionally. If using crockpot method, cover and cook on LOW for 8-10 hours.
4) Adjust seasonings to taste. Serve hot atop cooked pasta with shredded Parmesan.


Source : allrecipes.com