Everyday Meat Sauce

1 pound of any pasta
2 tbsp olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
1 dried chili pepper (optional)
2 cloves of garlic, minced
3/4 pound ground beef or turkey
4 cups diced tomatoes (canned & drained or fresh)
2 tbsp tomato paste
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 tbsp chopped fresh Italian (flat leaf) parsley
Makes 4 servings

While the pasta is cooking, heat the oil in a large skillet over high heat.
Add the onion and cook, stirring often, until browned.
Add the chili pepper if desired, the garlic, and the meat.
Continue cooking until the meat loses its raw look.
Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, salt & pepper.
Bring to a boil and simmer 4-5 minutes.
Adjust salt & pepper and stir in the parsley.
Remove the chili pepper
Serve over pasta



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