Tomato Sauce with Beef and Mushrooms
Romance is in the air ya’ll! Tomorrow is the big day… Valentine’s day! If you haven’t made dinner plans yet, don’t freak out. Here is a lovely dish you can surprise your sweetie with. It might take a little time, but it is really simple to make and totally worth it.
I’m not sure why, but when I think of the perfect Valentine’s day dinner, I always think of pasta. Maybe it goes back to when I was a kid. One of my favorite movies was Lady and the Tramp. I mean, who can forget that classic scene when they’re eating spaghetti? Anyway, every time Valentine’s day rolls around, the only thing I crave for dinner is pasta.
I hope you and your sweetheart enjoy this dish and have a happy Valentine’s day.
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1 lb. ground beef
1 yellow onion, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
8 oz. pkg. baby bella mushrooms, sliced
3 fresh bay leaves, chiffonade
8-10 oz. beef stock
23 oz. canned tomato sauce
16 oz. egg fettuccini noodles
2 tsp. butter
¼ c. red wine
1 tbsp. flour
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
¼ tsp. ground oregano
¼ tsp. garlic powder
¼ tsp. sugar
red pepper flakes, 1 to 2 pinches
salt and pepper
Parmesan cheese, shredded
1. First, add the noodles to a pot of boiling salt water. Cook until al dente. Drain and set aside.
2. Next, add your beef to a large pan over high heat. Season with salt, pepper, and the Italian seasoning. Cook until browned. Be sure to break the meat up into small pieces. I find a potato masher helps with this part. Once done, drain and transfer meat to a covered dish.
3. In the same pan, add the butter. Once melted, add the onion, bell pepper, garlic and mushrooms to the pan. Cook until just tender. Then add the beef stock. Simmer until liquid is reduced by half.
4. Transfer some of the liquid to a cup. Add 1 heaping tbsp. of flour to the liquid and stir until well combined and liquid has thickened. I find this helps reduce lumps. After the liquid has thickened, add to your vegetables and stir to combine.
5. Next, add your tomato sauce, beef, red wine, and remaining seasonings. Stir to combine. If it needs a little more salt and pepper, add that too. Let the sauce simmer for 20 min. or so. This allows everything to warm back up and the flavors to combine.
6. To serve, first, add a neat pile of noodles to your plate. Then top with your sauce. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and some more fresh basil if you like.
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