Dad’s Spaghetti Sauce with Coffee

Dad’s Spaghetti Sauce with Coffee

This dressed-up pasta sauce, made with lots of lean ground beef, onions, and mushrooms, contains a surprise ingredient — coffee! Make plenty ahead of time, it gets richer after a day or two.

Ready in: 1 h 45 m

Calories: 246

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, slivered
  • 2 large onions, sliced
  • 1 large green bell pepper, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds extra lean ground beef
  • 2 (4 ounce) cans button mushrooms, drained
  • 1 (16 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce with garlic
  • 3 (8 ounce) cans tomato sauce
  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste, or to taste (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee granules
  • 1 cup hot water
  • Recipe Instructions

    1. Place 3 tablespoons of olive oil into a saucepan over medium heat, and cook the garlic in the oil for 1 minute. Stir in the onions, and cook until translucent, about 5 more minutes. Stir in the green bell pepper, and cook until the pepper begins to become tender, about 5 more minutes. Set the vegetables aside.
    2. Place 2 tablespoons of olive oil into a large saucepan over medium heat, and cook and stir the ground beef until the meat is no longer pink, about 10 minutes. Break the meat up into crumbles as it cooks. Mix in the mushrooms, spaghetti sauce, tomato sauce, tomato paste (if you prefer a thicker sauce), and vegetables. Bring the sauce to a boil, and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the flavors have blended, about 30 minutes.
    3. Mix the coffee granules into the hot water, and pour into the sauce; simmer for 30 more minutes.

    Directions

    • Prep30 m
    • Cook1 h 15 m
    • Ready In1 h 45 m
    1. Place 3 tablespoons of olive oil into a saucepan over medium heat, and cook the garlic in the oil for 1 minute. Stir in the onions, and cook until translucent, about 5 more minutes. Stir in the green bell pepper, and cook until the pepper begins to become tender, about 5 more minutes. Set the vegetables aside.
    2. Place 2 tablespoons of olive oil into a large saucepan over medium heat, and cook and stir the ground beef until the meat is no longer pink, about 10 minutes. Break the meat up into crumbles as it cooks. Mix in the mushrooms, spaghetti sauce, tomato sauce, tomato paste (if you prefer a thicker sauce), and vegetables. Bring the sauce to a boil, and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the flavors have blended, about 30 minutes.
    3. Mix the coffee granules into the hot water, and pour into the sauce; simmer for 30 more minutes.

      Nutrition Facts

      Per Serving: 246 calories; 11.7 g fat; 18.2 g carbohydrates; 18 g protein; 43 mg cholesterol; 814 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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