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Quick Tomato Meat Sauce

Love a good, belly filling tomato meat sauce?  Here’s a quick and easy recipe to get meat sauce on the table in about 20 minutes.

Ingredients

Pasta with Meat Sauce
Pasta with Meat Sauce

1-2 lb ground meat (either beef, pork, veal, turkey or any combination)
1  jar Due Cellucci Tomato Sauce

Preparation:

1. Brown the meat in a pan over med/high heat.

2. In a separate pot, bring the Traditional sauce to a boil and let it simmer over low heat

3. Once the meat is cooked through and no longer pink add it to the traditional sauce and let the sauce simmer together for about 5-10 minutes (the longer it simmers the more flavorful the sauce becomes)

If you want the meat to be more consistent and smooth (vs chunky), you can hit it with an immersion blender.

Toss the sauce with your favorite pasta and voila…meat sauce in less than 1/2 hour.

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Saucy Gazpacho

Saucy Gazpacho
Saucy Gazpacho

You must include the tomatoes, onions and garlic, but you can vary the other vegetables, as you like, depending on what you have in your fridge and what is fresh at the market.  The Due Cellucci Tomato Basil sauce works best to give this chilled soup a full flavor. Garnish with a dollop of Greek yogurt or sour cream and minced scallions or basil for the perfect summer soup.

Ingredients

2 cloves garlic, peeled
1 medium red onion, roughly chopped
4-6 ripe tomatoes (on the vine work well), cored and quartered
2 carrots, cut into 1 inch cubes
2 red or yellow peppers (or one of each), cored, seeded and roughly chopped
2 cucumbers, seeded, peeled and roughly chopped
1 jar of Due Cellucci Tomato Basil Sauce (or more as needed)
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
Salt and pepper
2 dashes hot sauce
Garnish:  Greek yogurt, sour cream or crème fraiche, chopped scallions, basil

Preparation:

1. In a food processor fitted with the steel blade or blender, puree the garlic, add the onion and tomatoes and puree until smooth. Place mixture in large bowl.

2. Puree carrots and peppers to desired smoothness and add to bowl with tomatoes, onions and garlic.

3. Puree cucumber to desired smoothness and add to bowl with other vegetables.

4. Add Due Cellucci Tomato Basil Sauce, oil and vinegar.  Season with salt, pepper and hot sauce to taste.

Chill in fridge 4-8 hours or overnight.  (Will keep for 1 week)

Serve cold and garnish with yogurt or sour cream and chopped scallions or basil

Serves 10-12 generous portions.