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Here’s the Best Thing Our Merchandising Manager Ate This Weekend

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We get asked all the time: What do you cook at home? Here's some inspiration from Hannah Wilken, our merchandising manager.

When I first started dating my boyfriend Pedro, he said that one of the reasons he fell for me was because of my homemade pasta meat sauce. I’m sure there were other reasons—right, Pedro?—but I don’t blame him for this one. I make baller meat sauce.

This "not recipe" is pretty easy, even for you beginner cooks out there. My trick? Extra salt, adobo, and mushrooms.

Photo by Hannah Wilken

2 24-ounce cans of crushed tomatoes
1 pound of hamburger meat
1/4 pound of mushrooms, sliced
1/2 onion, diced
2 cloves of garlic, cloves peeled and crushed
Salt to taste
Adobo seasoning to taste
Pecorino Romano cheese to serve

Cook the hamburger meat in a pot until all the meat is cooked. Drain the fat from the meat out of the pot. Add the two cans of crushed tomatoes, chopped onion, crushed garlic, salt, mushrooms, and a healthy shake of adobo seasoning.

Photo by Hannah Wilken

Let the entire pot simmer over low heat for about 30 minutes, or until the onions and mushrooms are cooked thoroughly. Then, boom, you’re done. We serve the meat sauce over pasta with cheese sprinkled on top, but you can eat it a million ways. Pedro likes leftovers on bread.

Expert tip: It’s always better the day after you make it, so leftovers are encouraged.

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Tags: Meat, Food52 Life, (Not) Recipes, Food52 Staff