Prep 15 mins
Cook 2 hrs
This is my mother's home made spaghetti sauce, which I like to use when making lasagna or baked ziti too. It's not real thick, and not real thin. You can usually serve it after cooking only 1 hour, but additional time brings out the taste better. The only alteration I made to Mimi's recipe is I added chopped green pepper for DH. You can also make it with ground buffalo or ground turkey for a leaner version.
- 1 lb lean ground beef
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 medium onion, minced
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 medium green bell pepper, minced
- 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
- 1 (8 -12 ounce) can tomato sauce
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 2 teaspoons dried oregano
- 1⁄2 teaspoon dried rosemary (crushed)
- 1⁄2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 pinch sugar
- black pepper
- Put olive oil in stock pot.
- Add onion, garlic and green pepper. Saute over low heat until onion is translucent.
- Add ground beef and brown until thoroughly cooked. Drain excess grease.
- Add tomato paste and tomato sauce. Include one can water from each (about 2 cups water). Stir together until paste is mixed in well with other ingredients.
- Add basil, oregano, rosemary, thyme, bay leaves and pinch of sugar.
- Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer on low for 1-2 hours.
- Serve over cooked pasta, with freshly grated parmesan cheese, salad and hot bread.
Ground turkey was used in place of the ground beef and a 15 oz can of tomato sauce. This was also cooked all day in the crock pot and used to make skillet lasagna. Very good and simple. Made for *PAC Spring 2009*
Really good! the only thing i did different was add a little red wine and use meatballs. just really good simple sauce!
This is a very easy to put together sauce that only gets better the longer it cooks. I made this in my slow cooker and cooked together with turkey meatballs, also added 2 zucchini and 1/2 cup chopped carrots. Delicious meal on a busy night! Thank you FN! This is a keeper!