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A superb pasta sauce to have simmering on the stovetop for a restful Sunday.


penne with tuscan meat sauce

1 pound ground beef

1 pound ground turkey

1/2 pound ground pork

2 carrots, finely chopped

1 onion, finely chopped

2 ribs celery, finely chopped

1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon ground pepper

1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

1/2 cup chopped fresh basil

1 tablespoon dried oregano

1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped

1/2 cup beef stock

16 ounces dried penne pasta

1 cup grated parmesan

1 cup grated mozzarella

Brown beef, turkey and pork in a large saucepan. Add the carrot, onion and celery and sauté until tender.

Stir in the tomatoes, salt, pepper, parsley, basil, dried and fresh oregano and beef stock and bring to a simmer. Cook for 35 to 40 minutes.

While the sauce simmers, cook the pasta according to package directions.

To serve, place penne in a bowl, top with meat sauce, parmesan and mozzarella.


Recipe adapted from The Arkansas Democrat Gazette, September 2012