How to make it

  • Heat oil in heavy large skillet over medium-high.
  • Add ground beef and brown, breaking up as you go.
  • Spoon meat onto a plate with a slotted spoon, drain half the fat in the pan if there is a lot.
  • Reduce heat to medium low and add the onion, celery and carrot.
  • Sauté until onion is golden and beginning to brown, about 10 minutes.
  • Stir in garlic and raise heat to medium, cook 1 minute.
  • Stir in herbs and spices (except cocoa, salt, and pepper) and cook 1 minute longer.
  • Return the beef to the pan and stir to coat with the spices, then add wine, broth, crushed tomatoes, tomato paste and cocoa.
  • Reduce heat to low.
  • Simmer until sauce is thick, about 45 minutes. Remove thyme sprig (if using fresh). Season to taste and stir in the lemon juice.
  • This can be prepared and stored in the fridge for up to 3 days, or frozen up to 6 months.

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  • mark555 6 years ago
    Cocoa powder? really? Looks good I'll be giving it a try cocoa powder and all. Thank you.
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  • jo_jo_ba 6 years ago
    Makes enough for 1 lb of pasta, 8 servings

    Amount Per Serving
    Calories: 238.2
    Total Fat: 13.8 g
    Cholesterol: 42.9 mg
    Sodium: 502.1 mg
    Total Carbs: 12.8 g
    Dietary Fiber: 3.1 g
    Protein: 13.2 g
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