Tomato Sauce With Ground Beef (And Variations)

READY IN: 1hr 35mins
Recipe by Eva99

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

Top Review by Michelle

I made the variation with celery and carrots--I left out the wine--but added a teaspoon of sugar. The canned tomato goods were smaller than Eva recommended, just because that's all I had. Still! It came out phenomenal! Best sauce I've ever made. I'm obsessed.

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.

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