A recipe for your basic tomato and meat sauce. Serve with your favorite pasta and a nice loaf of sourdough bread.

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Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large saucepan saute the onion and garlic in the olive oil. Add ground beef and continue cooking. Stir in prosciutto and cook for 5 to 6 minutes. Add 2 tablespoons of the butter, chopped tomatoes, and tomato paste. Let sauce simmer for 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

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  • Simmer for one hour. Add additional butter and simmer for an additional half hour.

Nutrition Facts

659 calories; protein 27.1g 54% DV; carbohydrates 7.7g 3% DV; fat 57.6g 89% DV; cholesterol 140.6mg 47% DV; sodium 1422.9mg 57% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (21)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/06/2004
It is really the most flavorful meat sauce I have ever had. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
02/15/2011
For a rookie this was easy enough. Doubled the tomatoes. No salt. My hubby loved it. Simple ingredients. I thought it was just okay...especially when considering the time investment. Read More
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31 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 15
  • 4 star values: 11
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
01/06/2004
It is really the most flavorful meat sauce I have ever had. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/16/2011
I didn't have any prosciutto so I left that out. I also added some red wine to add depth to the sauce. Left out the butter completely. Simmered on the stove on low heat for a long time. I think this is what really brings the flavors out and add intense flavor to the sauce. I used fresh parsley to top at the end. Very good. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/15/2008
I had to double this recipe for a large family. I did add 2 extra tomatoes based on what others wrote. I didnt double the meat and kept everything else the same. This looks great and tastes fantastic. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/24/2011
I added a pound of ground pork more than doubled the number of tomatoes increased the tomato paste to a full (small size) can omitted the butter entirely and spiced it up a bit with more garlic and some oregano. I also added a can of tomato sauce because I didn't want it to be as dry as some of the other reviewers stated. Oh and added about a glass of red wine I was drinking just because! It was EXCELLENT. We put it over a whole box of pasta and the kids raved about it... Even the 5 year old who usually demands only butter and cheese on her pasta. It would have fed between 6-8 people. Our family of four ate till we were stuffed and had enough for a bunch of leftovers. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/20/2008
I LOVED IT! OMGosh..so so good! I DID add an extra tomato and cut BACK on the salt since the prosciutto is salty...I actually used about 1/4 teasp. of salt. Now...bad news..my husband did NOT like it...he prefers a WETTER sauce. This is not a coat your pasta with tomato sauce-sauce. To me it's more the consistancy of a sloppy joe...but...tossed in pasta it WILL coat the noodles with flavor. I am giving it 5 BIG stars for ME personally...I WILL make it again but make it more "saucy" for hubby. THANKS for such a GREAT recipe! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/11/2010
I did not use as much butter as suggested in the recipe and I'm not entirely convinced that it needs to simmer for an hour and a half. I simmered for maybe little more than an hour. I also threw in some oregano and basil and added in some beef broth to ensure it was moist while it was cooking. Oh and I threw in the whole can of tomato paste because I never use it and didn't want to waste it. This is a good simple recipe that could use some tweaking. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/23/2011
My husband loves this sauce! I added bob evans sausage and heavy whip cream to this pot of heaven and everyone was in paradise! Thanks for sharing. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/07/2010
Amazing and simple. Couldn't stop sampling. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/13/2008
A great uncomplicated recipe for complete beginners like me! I used canned chopped toms as I didn't have fresh but other than that perfick. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
02/15/2011
For a rookie this was easy enough. Doubled the tomatoes. No salt. My hubby loved it. Simple ingredients. I thought it was just okay...especially when considering the time investment. Read More
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