Pasta Sauce

Here's something that a fan of pasta will fall head over heels in lve with.  This sauce is great; M was so excited about it, and I'm a big fan too.  This is certainly among the best pasta sauces that I have ever made, and is great for a hight ratio of sauce to pasta, which I like.  I had a sudden inspiration to toss in some molasses, and that seemed to really liven this recipe up.  I love the dark colour, and the lovely rich flavour.

"Beef" and Tomato Pasta Sauce

Adapted from A Dash of Flavour

Serves 8
2 cups vegetarian burger crumbles
1 onion, diced
2 medium carrots, diced
2 teaspoons garlic, pressed
1 red bell pepper, diced
2 tbsp vegetarian beef bullion
1/2 cup water
28 oz can crushed tomatoes
¼ cup chopped parsley
1 tablespoon dried oregano
Chili sauce to taste
2 tbsp molasses
2 tablespoons barbecue sauce
Salt and pepper, taste
Cooked pasta (spirals work really well)

Heat a saucepan over medium high heat and add the onion and carrot with a bit of water.  Saute for a couple minutes and then add the bell pepper.  Saute for 5 more minutes, until tender, and then add the remaining ingredients except burger crumbles and pasta.  Bring to a soft boil, and then reduce heat to a simmer.  Simmer for about 45 minutes, uncovered. 
10 minutes before serving, add in the burger crumbles.  Heat through and serve over pasta.

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