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Spaghetti Sauce

April 18, 2017

 

Spaghetti Sauce

 

1 lb. organic, ground beef,  see tips below for a meatless version

1/2 large onion, diced

3 Tbsp. RealTaste Lift Seasoning, divided

28 oz. organic, diced tomatoes

8 oz. organic, tomato sauce

6 oz. organic tomato paste; here's directions for making your own tomato paste

1 cup unsalted broth, or water

3 cloves garlic

1 Tbsp. RealTaste Nurture seasoning

Salt, to taste. 

 

 

1.  Brown ground beef and onion.  See tips below.  

 

2.  Drain fat and liquid from ground beef.

 

3.  Place meat in a slow cooker, or pot.

 

4.   Season cooked and drained ground beef with 1 Tbsp. RealTaste Lift Seasoning. 

 

5.  Add remaining ingredients 2 Tbsp. Lift seasoning and 1 Tbsp. Nurture seasoning.

 

6.  Slow Cooker:  Add remaining ingredients and cook on low for 4-6 hours, or just until warmed through.  

 

7.  Stove Top:  Add remaining ingredients.  Bring to a gentle boil and reduce heat.  Simmer for 15 minutes.

 

8.  Serve over brown rice pasta; brown rice, or another whole grain; spaghetti squash or vegetable spirals. 

 

 

 

TIPS

 

Depending on your tomatoes, this will take more salt than you might think.  Season with salt, a little at a time, until it's salted to your preference.  

 

Some tomatoes are more acidic than others.  If the sauce is too acidic for your taste, you can add a little pure maple syrup, to taste, to sweeten it and cut the acidity.  Occasionally, you might also have a slightly bitter taste, the maple syrup will help with this as well.   

 

You can use lentils and/or diced mushrooms for some or all of the ground beef, for a total of two cups.  

 

You can add vegetables to the sauce.  Zucchini and mushrooms work well.  

 

You can also substitute 2 cups vegetables for the ground beef, you will need to either season and sautee them first, or cook them in the sauce until they're tender.   

 

If you like a thicker sauce, you can decrease broth to your desired consistency.  

 

I buy part of a cow every year, so my meat is usually frozen and I don't usually think ahead to thaw it.  I like to cook frozen ground beef and onion on high in a slow cooker for 1-2 hours, stirring and breaking up after 1 hour.  

 

 

 

 

 

  

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

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