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postheadericon Homemade Meat Sauce


Makes 8-10 servings

This pasta dish is full of fresh of fresh nutritious vegetables and herbs! Using a carrot in the sauce eliminates the need for sugar, by taking advantage of natures natural sweetener. Adding a bit of white wine vinegar, adds just the right amount of acidity and tang, most tomato sauces lack. Depending on how “meaty”you like your sauce, use between 1 and 2 pounds of fresh, lean ground beef. If you prefer a vegan/vegetarian sauce, skip the meat all together, substitute vegetable stock for the chicken stock, and substitute margarine for butter.  Also try adding fresh mushrooms about 10 minutes before serving, for a tasty variation on this traditional, delicious tomato based pasta sauce!


  • 1-2  pounds –  ground beef
  • 8-10 – large tomatoes
  • 1 –  large sweet yellow onion
  • 1  – head of garlic
  • 1 – green bell pepper
  • 1 – red bell pepper
  • 1 – carrot
  • 1 – small can tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup – olive oil
  • 1/8 cup – white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup – white wine
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons – butter
  • to taste – white pepper
  • to taste – salt
  • 1/4 cup – fresh oregano
  • 1/4 cup – fresh basil
  • 1/8 cup – fresh roasmary
  • 1/8 cup – fresh thyme
  • fresh grated parmesan cheese
  • fresh mushrooms (optional or a great substitution for ground beef)


1. Cook meat with salt and white pepper and drain the fat. Refrigerate.

2. Blanch tomatoes and set aside.  Instructions for how to blanch tomatoes.

3. Peel and dice onions. Set aside.

4. Seperate cloves of garlic, peel and dice.  Set aside.

5. Chop red and green bell peppers.  Set aside.

6. Finely dice the carrot.  Set aside.

7. Rinse and slice mushrooms (optional)

8. Remove stems and finely dice all herbs.  Set aside.

Cooking Directions

1. Saute garlic and onions in olive oil.  Instructions for how to saute garlic and onion.

2. De-glaze with white wine and chicken stock

3. Reduce to simmer.

4. Add bell peppers and carrot. 

5. Add salt and white pepper.

6. Simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

7. Add the blanched tomatoes, ground beef, tomato paste, butter, vinegar and herbs.

8. Simmer for about an hour, stirring occasionally.

9. Add mushrooms 10 minutes prior to serving (Optional)

10. Add freshly grated parmesan cheese and stir until cheese is melted.

11. Serve over your favorite pasta.  Bon Appetit! 


postheadericon Homemade Tomato Sauce


Here is an easy recipe for homemade pasta sauce.
Makes about 8 servings.


  • 3  cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 small can tomato paste
  • 3 – tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 – cloves of garlic (diced)
  • 1 – medium sweet yellow onion (chopped)
  • 2 – tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1/2  – tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2  – tablespoon italian seasoning or oregano



Saute the garlic and onion in a medium sauce pan on meduim heat until golden.

Add the diced tomatoes and tomato paste and stir the mixture.

Stir in the italian seasoning, white vinegar and sugar

Let simmer for 20-30 minutes.

Serve over pasta