I made the sauce using all the ingredients listed except I only used 1 lb. of ground beef. I let the sauce simmer for an hour without the meat then removed about 2 cups to use as a marinara sauce and added the meat to the sauce with some mushrooms and continued to simmer it for another hour. I served it over spaghetti and we really liked it though I do prefer my sauce a little thicker.....using only a lb. of beef may have altered the consistency some. Made for My Three Chefs 2013.