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Easy Savory & Healthy Veggie Pasta Sauce With Or Without Meat!

Updated on August 30, 2017
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I'll Give You Both Versions Here – The Photo Is The With-Meat Option

I make this pasta both ways, with and without meat. Today, since dear husband is joining me for dinner, is "with meat." Therefore that is the picture I took! But seriously, this sauce is great even if you skip the ground beef. Lots of different flavors combine to make something magically delicious! Great over any pasta you choose. Even better if you top it with flaked parmesan and/or mozzarella and put under broiler for about 5 minutes!

Whatever way you choose... do enjoy!

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Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: 4+

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Ground Chuck or other meat (Optional!)
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 bag frozen Mirapoix blend veggies (or 1/2 cup each celery
  • onions & carrots)
  • 1 cup of diced peppers - red
  • green
  • yellow or mixed
  • 1 small jar Pimientos with juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp fresh minced garlic or equivalent
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp Basil
  • 1 tsp Oregano
  • 2 Bay leaves (remove before serving)
  • 1 jar Traditional flavor Spaghetti Sauce (cheapest you can find!)
  • 1 tbsp Grape Jelly (regular or low-cal
  • optional but very good!!)
  • 1 can diced Tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 cups cooked pasta of choice
  • Fresh or canned Mushrooms (optional)

Instructions

  1. If using ground chuck, (or other meat) brown it in large skillet, drain and rinse (eliminates lots of calories!)
  2. Return ground chuck to skillet, adding 1 tbsp olive oil to pan. Add Mirapoix blend veggies, mushrooms if desired, pimientos and peppers, saute until veggies just begin to brown.
  3. Add 1 can tomatoes and all dry seasonings.
  4. Add the spaghetti sauce . Pour 1/4 cup water into jar and shake to get all the sauce out! Pour into skillet. Stir in the grape jelly.
  5. Simmer at least 15 minutes or as long as you wish (slow cooker?)
  6. After the sauce is put together and simmering, put your choice of pasta on to boil in salted water with a dash of olive oil added. (For this recipe I used homemade dry whole wheat Penne.) Cook to al dente stage, about 8 minutes. Drain. Add desired amount of sauce to pasta and let stand a couple of minutes, or serve pasta and sauce separately.
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When I make this, I use about 2/3 of the sauce with the pasta and save the other 1/3 for a later time in the freezer!

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