A Simple & Delicious Sunday Sauce -- Plus Ideas On How To Serve It!

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Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp ghee (butter & EVOO are adequate substitutes)

  • 2 tbsp minced garlic

  • 1 medium sweet onion, chopped

  • 2 medium carrots, diced

  • 1 lb ground beef (seasoned with salt, pepper & minced garlic)

  • 1 tbsp garlic powder

  • 1 28oz. can of diced tomatoes

  • 1 6 oz can of tomato paste

  • 3 stalks celery, minced

  • 1 medium zucchini, diced

  • 3 bay leaves

  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)

Traditional Directions

Place large saucepan over medium heat. Allow it to thoroughly heat up before adding ghee.

Let ghee heat up for one to two minutes, then add minced garlic.

Cook for one minute, then add onion and carrots.

Cook for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. This step is important — this is where the onion will get a ton of its flavor and it gives the carrots the ability to cook through and become tender.

While the garlic, onion and carrots are cooking, season ground beef with salt and pepper.

Once the base is ready, add diced tomatoes, tomato paste and garlic powder.

Stir thoroughly.

Add ground beef, using a spatula to break up into small chunks.

Stir to coat beef with tomato sauce and add celery, zucchini, bay leaves and pepper flakes.

Cover and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally to continue breaking up the ground beef.

Once the sauce starts boiling, reduce heat to low and allow sauce to simmer for 60 to 90 minutes.

Gently stir occasionally.

Instant Pot/Pressure Cooker Instructions

Using sauté mode, melt ghee.

Add minced garlic, onion and carrots.

Cook for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

While the garlic, onion and carrots are cooking, season ground beef with salt and pepper.

Once the base is ready, add diced tomatoes, tomato paste and garlic powder.

Stir thoroughly.

Add ground beef, using a spatula to break up into small chunks.

Stir to coat beef with tomato sauce and add celery, zucchini, bay leaves and pepper flakes.

Cover Instant Pot/Pressure Cooker and set for 4 minutes on high mode.

Once the time has completed, allow the pressure to release naturally.

How to serve

Go traditional. Serve over pasta!

Serve with roasted sweet potatoes.

Make up a batch of Trader Joe’s Cauliflower Gnocchi.

Go old school! Cafeteria Italian Dunkers. Melt mozzarella cheese over toasted bread.

Get fancy with stuffed peppers. Fill up, bake at 350˚ for 35-40 minutes and top with cheese!