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Mindless Meat Sauce


Rate this recipe 2.9/5 (35 Votes)


  • 1 1/2 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1/2 tsp sage
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp basil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 finely chopped medium onion
  • 15 finely chopped large mushrooms
  • 3 minced cloves garlic
  • 28 oz. (796 ml) can chopped tomatoes
  • 14 oz. (398 ml) can tomato sauce
  • 5 1/2 oz. (156 ml) tomato paste
  • 1 tsp sugar


Level of difficulty Average
Preparation time 20mins
Cooking time 60mins
Cost Average budget


Step 1

In a large heavy bottomed pot, brown meat with spices, onion, mushrooms and garlic until onion is soft.

Step 2

Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, paste and sugar. Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer uncovered, at least 1 hour.

Step 3

Correct seasonings to taste. Store in containers and freeze.


Use this sauce in any recipe calling for meat sauce such as spaghetti, lasagne or cannelloni.

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  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • Water


  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup tomato sauce


  1. Mix flour, sugar, salt, milk, and water in a pan, and mix until you form a dough.
  2. In a saucepan, heat a splash of olive oil and add the onion. Cook on medium-high until onion has softened.  
  3. Add the ground beef, and add the salt, water, and tomato sauce. When the meat has browned, remove from heat. 
  4. Dust a flat surface with flour, and roll out the dough into a flat sheet. 
  5. Use a ramekin or cup to cut out circles. 
  6. Add a dollop of beef-tomato mixture to the center of each circle. 
  7. Pinch the dough into a little pocket.
  8. Bake in the oven at 350° F for 15 minutes.
  9. Enjoy!

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