Tomato Sauce With Ground Beef (And Variations)

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

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

Ingredients Nutrition


  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.


Most Helpful

This spaghetti sauce was easy to make. The variation we used was to add the red wine. So the sauce has a nice full flavor. I only thing I wanted to add with the wine after we tasted it was mushrooms. But since I had none we'll have to try that another day. This is one of the recipes from Pick A Chef Orphanage 2006. I picked two of Eva99's recipes to make.

Charlotte J November 16, 2006

I have that book and this is the recipe I have used for Spaghetti and Meat Sauce for years. I always add the red wine and sometimes the mushrooms if I have them. A wonderful rich sauce full of flavor! Thanks for sharing!

Little Bee November 10, 2006

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