Italian Meat Sauce


Italian Meat Sauce
 
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Recipe type: sauce
Serves: 10 quarts (about 60 servings)
Ingredients
  • 2 cups olive oil
  • 1 quart finely chopped onions
  • 1 quart finely chopped celery
  • 6 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 8 pounds coarsely ground meat (combination of beef, veal, pork)
  • 2-1/4 quarts beef stock
  • 1 No. 10 can crushed plum tomatoes (or ground Italian tomatoes)
  • 1 No. 10 can tomato puree
  • 1 No. 2-1/2 can tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 1 ounce sugar
  • Salt, to taste
  • Black pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Heat olive oil.
  2. Add onions, celery & garlic; saute until onions are translucent.
  3. Add ground meat.
  4. Braise over low heat until lightly browned (do not overcook).
  5. Stir in beef stock plum tomatoes, tomato puree, tomato paste, basil, thyme, oregano, bay leaves & sugar.
  6. Reduce heat to low and simmer gently.
  7. Skim occasionally to degrease, if necessary.
  8. Continue simmering 2 to 3 hours, stirring occasionally, until sauce reaches desired consistency.
  9. Taste for seasoning and add salt and pepper as needed. If necessary, sauce can be thickened with a little cornstarch blended in water.

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