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Prep 30 mins
Cook 2 hrs
This is my mother-in-law's recipe, which was adapted and passed down through at least 3 generations. It's so good I could eat it by itself! Everyone who walks through the kitchen while it's simmering is supposed to stir the sauce. This makes a big pot, so freeze some for another great meal some other time! Also makes fantastic lasagne by simply layering the sauce with mozzarella and lasagne noodles, then baking at 350F until done. Also, remember to cook it with love!
- 3 (12 ounce) cans tomato paste
- 12 (12 ounce) cans water
- 2 onions, diced finely
- 3 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
- 2 -3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons italian seasoning (or a mix of thyme, basil, oregano and sage)
- 1⁄8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- fresh coarse ground black pepper, to taste
- 1 1⁄2 lbs ground beef (or 1 lb ground beef and 1/2 lb ground pork)
- Combine tomato paste and water in a large pot, stir over medium high heat until tomato paste is dissolved (about 2-3 minutes).
- Saute the onion and garlic in the olive oil in a separate skillet over medium high heat(can also add green bell pepper and mushrooms, if desired). Saute until onion is translucent and dump into the pot.
- Add the Italian seasoning, cayenne, salt, sugar and pepper. Reduce heat and let simmer 2 hours, stirring every 15 minutes (but you can never stir it too much).
- Brown the ground beef in a skillet, then add to the pot. Simmer another hour. My mother-in-law likes to add a little extra olive oil sometimes when it is cooking. Also, taste it often and adjust seasonings. If it gets too thick, add more water. If it is too thin, add more tomato paste.
This is the first time I have only used paste for the tomato part of spaghetti. It was a tad bitter and it is missing something. I worried about all the water, but it did condense down nicely. I added some more sugar, but that's not what it really needed.