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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Tasty Tuesday

Italiano Night
Tasty Tuesday

Gravy (Or the sauce, if you prefer)

Brown 2# ground sirloin with a medium onion chopped.
Add a few cloves of garlic (3 or 4)
Add 1 Cup finely processed carrots 
Let this mixture cook until all the meat is browned and the vegetables are soft.
About 20 minutes.
Add 1/2 Cup mushrooms

Add 1 large can crushed tomatoes
Season with
   2 -3 Tbsp. paprika
   2-3 Tbsp.  cumin
   2-3 Tbsp.  oregano
   sea salt and coarse ground black pepper to taste

Add 1 Cup red wine (You may use beef broth instead)

Stir well and allow to simmer 3 hours stirring to prevent sticking.  This is a basic gravy that can be adapted to many Italian dishes.  You can add different spices or more or less for different flavors.  It is fantastic served with any pasta, rice, chicken or when lots of cheese is added, chicken and cheese!

Here, I am serving it with a simple whole wheat linguini, tossed salad and garlic bread with cheese.  I topped it with freshly ground mozzarella.



  2. Jeanne, I do, as well and I promise you this very old recipe for sauce is worth the little effort it takes. So good and so versatile. If you wanna go meatless, just add more mushrooms!
    Makes a fabulous Chicken dinner. Just brown the chicken pieces and transfer to baking pan. Spoon the sauce over each piece liberally and bake 45 minutes or until chicken is done. Sprinkle with fresh cheese and dig in! Soooo goood.

  3. Jo, this looks so yummy! One time I added carrots to my red sauce and my husband was like "what?" He just didn't get it. Finely chopped carrots are delicious in the sauce and makes it that much healthier!


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