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Monday, February 7, 2011

Extra Beefy Pasta Sauce

There's pasta sauce, and there's beefy pasta sauce.  This one is definitely the beefcake of pasta sauces.  It's thick, has the consistency and thickness of chili, and slow cooked to bring together all the flavors.  A welcome hearty meal on a cold winters day.

Serves: 6-8
approx prep time: 15min
approx cook time: 6 hours

- 2 lbs extra lean ground beef
- 1 can crushed tomatoes
- 1 can tomato paste
- 1 large onion
- 2 or 3 stalks of celery
- 1tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 cup water
- 2tbsp dried oregano
- 2tbsp italian seasoning mix
- 2tbsp dried parsley flakes, or 1/4 cup fresh parsley (finely chopped)
- 2 cloves of garlic

- Peel and finely chop garlic
- Dice celery and onion into small to medium size pieces
- In a slow cooker, combine all the ingredients.
- Mix thoroughly.
- Cook on Low for 6 hours or high for 4 hours, stirring once or twice in the last hour of cooking as well as right before serving.
- Server fresh right over your favorite pasta, and top with cheese.

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