Tangy Meat Sauce

  • ½ pound lean ground beef
  • ½ cup onion, chopped
  • ½ cup green pepper, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 15 ounces tomato sauce
  • 6 ounces tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
  • hot cooked spaghetti

Crumble beef into a 2-qt. microwave-safe dish. Add the onion, green pepper and garlic. Cover and microwave on high for 5-6 minutes or until meat is no longer pink and vegetables are tender, stirring frequently; drain.

Stir in the tomato sauce, tomato paste, sugar, vinegar, salt, basil and oregano. Cover and microwave at 70% power for 6-8 minutes or until heated through, stirring once. Serve with spaghetti.

Notes: Very easy to make. Sweet. Maybe a little too much red wine vinegar. Would like to experiment with more kick and less sweetness. Excellent base recipe, though.

From Taste of Home

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