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Mushroom Meat Sauce – Recipe!

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Pasta is one of those comfort foods that you crave during the cooler months of the year.  Hearty tomato sauce rich with meat and mushrooms is a nice meal to prepare for holiday guests or loved ones coming over to visit before the new year.  My grandson is a big spaghetti lover and he just loves a good bowl of heart warming pasta and this recipe is one of his favorites.

Making Mushroom Meat Sauce is a simple process – browning ground meat, stirring in tomatoes with a few dried herbs and spices makes a fragrant pot of deliciousness.  As the the sauce cooks, the house fills with the aroma of an Italian restaurant, so you might have to break out a glass of red wine to sip during cooking in the kitchen.

I spoon this sauce over cooked pasta or steamed spaghetti squash – both absorb the meaty sauce beautifully.  Just mix together a big salad to serve alongside and you have yourself a delightful meal to enjoy.

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Ingredients

1 white onion, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 pound ground beef

1/2 pound ground pork

1 pound crimini mushrooms, sliced

2 teaspoons dried oregano

1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

14 ounces roasted canned tomatoes

6 ounces tomato paste

1 1/2 pounds cooked pasta or spaghetti squash

olive oil for cooking

parmesan cheese, optional

(Serves 4-6)

To Prepare:

1. In a large saucepan or dutch oven, add 2 teaspoon of olive oil, diced onion and garlic.  Place over medium heat and cook for 3 minutes.  Add ground meat and break apart with spoon, continue to cook for 8 minutes, then add sliced mushrooms.  Cook meat and mushroom mixture for 7 minutes.

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2.  Add oregano, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper and stir.  Pour in tomatoes, tomato paste and 1 1/2  cups water or white wine.  Stir to combine and continue to cook for 6 minutes.  Turn heat to simmer and cover pan with lid.  Cook for 20 minutes.

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3.  Remove lid and stir.  To serve, ladle sauce over pasta or squash and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.  Enjoy!

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