Tomato Sauce With Ground Beef (And Variations)

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Total Time
1hr 35mins
5 mins
1 hr 30 mins

My very favourite spaghetti sauce when I make it from scratch. From "365 Ways to Cook Pasta" with some modifications.

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  1. Heat oil in a large heavy saucepan; add onion; sauté over low heat, stirring, until tender and golden, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the garlic, sauté 1 minute.
  3. Meanwhile, brown the ground beef in a skillet, stirring to crumble meat; drain off fat; add the onion mixture.
  4. OPTIONAL: now is when you would add the mushrooms, vegetables or red wine.
  5. Sauté until tender or until the wine is reduced by half.
  6. Add the tomatoes, tomato sauce and paste, 1 tsp salt, the basil, oregano, pepper and bay leaf.
  7. Heat over medium-low heat to simmering.
  8. Simmer, uncovered, over low heat, stirring occasionally until sauce is thickened and flavourful, about 1 hour 15 minutes.