Simple Beef Pasta Sauce

    Simple Beef Pasta Sauce


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    This is the Italian method of making a good tomato sauce that doesn't have too much acidity. Simple but spectacular - sure to become a favourite.

    Serves: 6 

    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1/2 cup minced onion
    • 1 clove garlic, minced
    • 1/2 cup minced celery
    • 40g butter
    • 500g lean beef mince
    • 1/2 teaspoon white sugar
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon dried mint
    • 185g fresh chopped mushrooms
    • 185g tinned tomato paste
    • 600ml beef stock
    • 2 teaspoons dried basil
    • 500g spaghetti
    • 1 teaspoon olive oil
    • 3 tablespoons salt
    • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley, for garnish
    • 1/4 cup grated Romano cheese

    Preparation:45min  ›  Cook:2hours  ›  Ready in:2hours45min 

    1. In a large frypan warm olive oil over low heat; saute onion, garlic and celery until onion is transparent.
    2. Stir in butter and increase heat to medium; brown beef until no longer pink. Mix in sugar, 1 teaspoon salt, mint and mushrooms; lower heat and stir for about 3 minutes.
    3. In a large bowl, combine tomato paste and broth; pour liquid and basil to pot. Simmer over very low heat for about 2 hours, stirring occasionally.
    4. Bring a large pot of water to a vigorous boil with 3 tablespoons salt and 1 teaspoon olive oil. Slip spaghetti into water holding on to ends until strands soften a bit. Cook over high heat for 7 to 8 minutes only. When properly cooked, raw taste should be gone but still have a firm texture.
    5. Serve topped with parsley and Romano cheese.

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