Dress up any pasta dish with this simple-to-prepare Ground Beef pasta sauce. Add tomato, crushed red pepper, basil and cheese to Ground Beef for a easy, yet satisfying pasta topping.
Heat stockpot over medium heat until hot. Add Ground Beef, onion and garlic; cook 8 to 10 minutes, breaking beef into 3/4-inch crumbles and stirring occasionally.
Stir in tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, tomato paste and crushed red pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 20 minutes to develop flavors, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; season with salt and stir in basil, if desired.
Serve over pasta and sprinkle with cheese, if desired.
Italian-Style Beef Sausage Variation: Prepare Italian-Style Beef Sausage by combining 1 pound Ground Beef (93% lean or leaner) with 1 teaspoon fennel seed, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon coriander, 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/4 teaspoon paprika, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper and 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper in large bowl, mixing lightly but thoroughly. Proceed as directed in step 1.
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Nutrition information per serving, not including Servings Suggestion: 299 Calories; 8 Calories from fat; 8g Total Fat (3 g Saturated Fat; 3 g Monounsaturated Fat;) 76 mg Cholesterol; 516 mg Sodium; 26 g Total Carbohydrate; 4.8 g Dietary Fiber; 27 g Protein; 5.4 mg Iron; 6.2 mg Niacin; 0.4 mg Vitamin B6; 2.3 mcg Vitamin B12; 6 mg Zinc; 18.5 mcg Selenium; 80.9 mg Choline.
This recipe is an excellent source of Dietary Fiber, Protein, Iron, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Zinc, and Selenium; and a good source of Choline.
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