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Whenever I am craving a little meaty flavored tomato sauce but don’t have time to prepare my favorite Sunday Sauce or Bolognese Style Meat Sauce , I use this quick, simple and very basic meat sauce recipe. I guess it’s basically like my simple san Marzano sauce but with little bits of chopped beef (you can use whatever ground meat you prefer).
Like my Bolognese meat sauce, I like to chop up the beef bits into smaller bites. Not only does this add deeper flavor to the sauce, it also helps tenderize the meat faster during the cooking process. There is nothing worse than chopped meat that hasn’t had time to soften a bit in the sauce, at least for me.
With this sauce, I like to saute the ground meat first with a small diced shallot and some olive oil until cooked through. Then when the meat is cooked through, I usually do one of two things: 1. crumble the meat up using a meat chopper like the Mix n Chop from Pampered Chef or 2. Pulse it gently in the Food Processor or Vitamix.
I like both options but prefer to use my Vitamix. The only caution is do not over process the meat. The machine s so powerful that you should only pulse the meat once or twice, that’s it! Otherwise it will get very pasty and thick. Also, make sure there is enough liquid from the meat in the container. Try and resist the urge to drain the meat after you cook it because that’s where all the flavor is! I sometimes add some of the pureed tomatoes if the ground meat looks dry.
Once the meat has been chopped up a bit saute a little olive oil and garlic in the pot and then add the pureed san Marzano tomatoes. Return the meat to the pot with the sauce and add a handful of fresh parsley. Season again with salt and pepper and let simmer on low for about 30-40 minutes. I like to add the fresh basil more towards the end for freshness of flavor but you can totally add it in the beginning too.
Once your sauce is cooked you can serve it with your favorite pasta or let it cool and save it for future use. This recipe goes perfect with my Lasagna Rolls or any of the TOP Blog recipes below.