Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Simple Supper-Rigatoni with Meat Sauce.....
This is truly delicious. You can use any combination of ground meat you like. I recommend using hot italian sausage, after all ingredients are added, it has just a little kick. Double or triple the recipe and freeze to enjoy on another hectic night. Just boil pasta and dinner is on the table in minutes. Serve with baby frozen peas, yummers!
Simple rigatoni with meat sauce
¾ lb. lean ground beef
¾ lb. hot (or mild) Italian sausage
1 medium onion, finely diced
3 large cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 6 oz. can tomato paste
1 24 oz. can crushed tomatoes
1 24 oz. can water
1 ½ teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons sugar
16 oz. package rigatoni
1) In a large sauce pan, over medium heat, cook beef and sausage until cooked through, drain well. Add diced onions and cook until translucent, 7-10 minutes. Add garlic, cook about 2 minutes.
2) Add the tomato paste to the meat mixture, cook about 7 minutes, stirring often to caramelize the tomato paste. Be sure to stir often, it can easily burn. Add crushed tomatoes, water, salt, and sugar. Cook over medium heat until it comes to a simmer, allow to simmer about 20 minutes, stir occasionally.
3) Under cook pasta by 2 minutes. Put pasta back in the pan and add sauce, cook over medium heat for 2 minutes, stir gently. Top with parmesan cheese, serve immediately. Enjoy!