Monday, April 23, 2012

hearty meat sauce

Sometimes you want delicious but you don't want to spend an hour getting it.  This meal is for those times.

I created this hearty meat sauce once when we spontaneously invited company over.  We are usually not spontaneous people - I generally plan for days when I know someone is coming over.  In this instance, though, I had to create something fast with ingredients we already had in the refrigerator.  We loved the result so much that we wrote down what I did and have been having it ever since!

This meat sauce takes only about 15 minutes and just 1 pot...can't get any better than that!

First dice up some mushroom, green pepper, and red pepper.

Also chop up some kielbasa.  I like to quarter it lengthwise and then slice up the quarters.  If you are cutting fat, turkey kielbasa works great.

Put your veggies and kielbasa in a deep skillet or pot and saute with about a tablespoon of olive oil.  Cook and stir until the veggies are tender and meat is heated through.

Pour in some red wine and let it simmer for about 2 minutes - gives it a great flavor!

Finally, stir in your tomato sauce, tomato paste, brown sugar, and oregano.  Cook and stir until everything has heated through - about 3 minutes.

This sauce is delicious no matter how you serve it, but we love it over gnocchi.  Since gnocchi only takes 3 minutes to cook, this truly is a 15 minute meal!

Hearty Meat Sauce
1 t. olive oil
1 green pepper, chopped
1 red pepper, chopped
4 oz. mushrooms, chopped
1 lb. smoked sausage, chopped into small bits
1/4 cup dry red wine
14 1/2 oz. can diced tomatoes, drained
8 oz. tomato sauce
2 T. tomato paste
2 t. brown sugar
1 t. oregano

Saute peppers, mushrooms, and sausage in olive oil until the veggies are tender and meat is heated through.  Add wine; cook and stir for 2 minutes.  Add remaining ingredients and heat through.  Serves 6.

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