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  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled
  • ​1 (16 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
  • ​1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley, cilantro or basil
  • ​1 cup water



This recipe is a must have as part of your repertoire. It can be used to create countless meals. To name a few, pastitsio, moussaka, stuffed vegetables, spaghetti and meat sauce... The list is endless. Get creative! You may substitute the ground beef for ground chicken, lamb or turkey.


​Begin by combining the chopped onion, garlic cloves and olive oil in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium low heat for about 15 minutes or until soft and golden. At this point the garlic cloves will be very soft. Smash them with a wooden spoon or a spatula. They will melt into the sauce. (No need to chop them)


​Add the ground beef and mix well over high heat.


​Add the crushed tomatoes, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes and oregano. Mix to combine.


Pour the cup of water over everything and mix one more time.


​Bring to a boil then reduce the heat to medium. Cook for about 15-20 minutes or until the sauce has thickened to the consistency that you prefer. You may cook it longer if you like a more concentrated, thick meat sauce or you can even add a little more water if you like a thinner sauce.


​Garnish with fresh chopped parsley and enjoy!

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