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simple meat sauce

1 tbsp (15 mL)

olive oil

1 1

onion, diced garlic clove, minced

1 cup (250 mL) 1 lb (500 g)

diced vegetables (e.g. zucchini and sweet pepper) Ground Beef

1 can (28 oz/796 mL)


1 can (5 1/2 oz/156 mL) tomato paste

1 tbsp (15 mL) 1/2 tsp (2 mL)

brown sugar dried oregano Salt and pepper

Tag this recipe and keep it in the kitchen for your everyday family meals. Dressed up with just a few ingredients, Simple Meat Sauce becomes a Rich Beef Ragù that’s perfect for a casual gathering.

  • 1.

    Heat oil in large heavy saucepan using medium heat. Add onion, garlic, vegetables and ground beef; cook, stirring occasionally for 8-10 minutes until beef is browned and completely cooked. Drain.

  • 2.

    Add tomatoes, tomato paste, sugar and oregano. Break up tomatoes with back of spoon. Bring to a boil, stirring often. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  • 3.

    Season with salt and pepper to taste and add a bit more sugar if necessary. Serve over hot pasta.

Rich Beef Ragù: When adding tomatoes to the Simple Meat Sauce, stir in 1/2 cup (125 mL) EACH pitted black olives (chopped) and dry red wine, and 1/2 tsp (2 mL) dried chili pepper flakes. Serve topped with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.


5 cups (1.25 L)

preparation: 15 minutes

cooking: 40 minutes

per cup (250 mL):

305 Calories 19 g protein 18 g fat 20 g carbohydrate

% Daily Value (DV): excellent source of iron (26% DV) excellent source of zinc (43% DV) 15% DV sodium

Beef. Flavour at its best

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