This recipe is gluten free, and super versatile!!! Joey has been seen actually licking his plate!!!
1 lb of ground meat (beef, turkey, chicken, etc.)
1 small can of tomato paste (must be paste)
Sweetener of choice
Cinnamon (just a dash)
Fry ground meat, breaking it up as it fries up. My family usually enjoys it a little chucky, gives them a feeling of meatballs. I usually season the meat with some cayenne pepper (just a couple slight shakes) and salt. Just before the meat if finished, add the can of tomato paste. Break it up and allow it to fry along with the meat. Watch it closely so that it does not burn. But you will see the tomato paste take on a darker color. As the tomato paste is browning, I add my seasoning to taste....oregano, basil, salt and just a dash of cinnamon. When the tomato paste has started developing a darker color, I add about two cups of warm water to the skillet. Stir the tomato paste/meat mixture into the water and allow to simmer for a few minutes. The mixture will start to thicken as it simmers. At this point I add some sweetener, you can skip this step with you do not like a sweeter sauce...but our family does. I also salt to taste. If the mixture starts getting too thick, and you want a thinner sauce...add another 1/2 to 1 cup of warm water. Allow the sauce to simmer more. This sauce is usually thicker though, so be careful how much water you add. I generally add a total of around 3 cups of water when I make this. Double check you seasoning by tasting your sauce mixture. Add what your family prefers...maybe more salt, sugar, oregano, basil...etc.
I serve this on rice spiral pasta that our family loves. Some of them put parm cheese on it too.
***A variation of this is to limit the amount of water that you add and stick to 2 cups. Adjust your seasonings to leave out the oregano and basil. When cooking the beef add cumin to taste instead. After you add the tomato paste and have it almost browned, add about 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar. Cook with the remaining directions. Then serve on bread, open-faced. I melt a little shredded cheese on these and serve them as open-faced sloppy joe sandwiches. Another hit!!!
***You can also add onion and garlic. But we must leave this out due to food alleriges.