10 Things to Do with a Can of Tomatoes

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Simple Bolognese
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Serves 4 as a main course

1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 lb. ground beef (I prefer 85% lean -- you can also use lamb, chicken, ... more 
Photo by: James Ransom
Simple Bolognese
Save and print this recipe on Food52.

Serves 4 as a main course

1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 lb. ground beef (I prefer 85% lean -- you can also use lamb, chicken, turkey or pork)
Pinch salt (optional)
1 fat garlic cloves, peeled & smashed
28 oz. canned peeled tomatoes

1. Heat a deep, heavy saucepan over medium-high heat. When the pan is hot, add oil, and then the meat and salt, if using. Brown the meat well, breaking it up with a wooden spoon, about 5 minutes.
2. Once the meat is browned, lower heat to medium-low and add garlic. Cook for a minute, stirring frequently, until garlic is fragrant.
3. Add tomatoes with their juices & crush them with the back of your spoon. When the sauce starts to boil, turn heat to low & cover. Cook, stirring occasionally, until meat is very tender & the sauce has thickened, about 2 hours. Serve with pasta. less 
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