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Tuesday, 25 September 2012 17:57

Quick-start Home-made Spaghetti Sauce

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Homemade spaghetti sauce is a decadent but usually out of reach treat.  This weeknight option is brought to life by cinnamon -- the secret ingredient in my (step-)sister Louisa's Italian grandmother's recipe.

  • Ingredients:

     

    1 tbsp olive oil

    1 cinnamon stick

    1 small to medium yellow onion, sliced thinly

    2 cloves garlic, minced coarsely

    3 small carrots, chopped

    1 1/3 lb ground beef

    1 box tomato sauce starter

    1 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes in heavy puree

    2 tsp ground allspice

    1 tsp ground cinnamon

    Salt and pepper to taste

  • Instructions:

     

    Heat olive oil and cinnamon stick, turning stick to coat with oil, until stick begins to unroll. 

    Add onions, garlic, and carrots, and saute until softened and onions turn translucent. 

    Add and brown ground beef. 

    Add tomato sauce starter, crushed tomatoes (with puree), spices, and salt and pepper.

  • Serves: 4-6
  • Cuisine: European - Italian
  • Cooking method: Saute
  • Special ingredients: no dried fruits, no fresh / raw fruits that don't get cooked by the end of the recipe, no fermented / pickled foods, no seeds, no beans / legumes / pulses, no alcohol
  • Just right for...: Comfort food
  • Top 8 allergens?: gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free, fish-free, shellfish-free, nut-free, peanut-free
  • Active/prep time: 30-45 minutes
  • Total time (inc active/prep): 30-45 minutes
  • Serving suggestions:


    With your favorite pasta (gluten free or wheat-based)!

  • Specialty Diets: Paleo
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