Simple Meaty Pasta Sauce

Ingredients:

1 pound lean ground beef or ground turkey
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 medium onion, chopped (can use a cup of frozen onions)
1 15 oz. can of tomato sauce
1 14 1/2 oz. can of diced tomatoes
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Directions:

Heat a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add ground beef. Cook for 3 minutes then turn down to medium heat. Add onions, saute for 4 minutes or until translucent. Add garlic and saute for 1 minute.

Add diced tomatoes and tomato sauce. Simmer for 10-15 minutes. Add seasoning, and any additional seasonings you'd like, to taste.

Cook's Notes:

You can make a double batch of this sauce, without the meat, using the large 28 oz cans of tomatoes and sauce. Then freeze the batches and just cook the meat when you heat it. Other veggies can be added to add some flavor and nutrients - a cup of peppers, a 1/2 cup of frozen spinach or kale, shredded carrots, some celery. Experiment and enjoy!

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