Meat Sauce

Kitchen Tested
  • Yield 6 to 8 servings

This Meat Sauce freezes very well, so double the recipe and put it in containers.


1 celery stalk with leaves, finely chopped
1 carrot, peeled and finely chopped
1 onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 pounds ground sirloin
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1/2 cup dry red wine
1 (28-ounce) can no-salt-added plum tomatoes, roughly chopped, with their juices
2 tablespoons no-salt-added tomato paste
1 cup canned fat-free chicken broth
1 teaspoon sugar
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 (16-ounce) package pasta of your choice (spaghetti, spirals, bow-ties)


  1. In a heavy pot coated with nonstick cooking spray, saute celery, carrot, onion and garlic until tender, about 5 minutes. Add ground sirloin and oregano. Cook, stirring, until meat begins to brown, about 4 minutes.  Add wine and simmer about 10 minutes. Then add tomatoes, tomato paste, chicken broth and sugar. Simmer over medium heat 30 minutes (it can simmer longer). Add salt and pepper.
  2. Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions, omitting any oil and salt. Drain and serve with sauce.



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