Yesterday morning I decided I needed a make ahead meal for the night. It was my book group night and I wanted to be able to make a quick exit once I got dinner on the table. I decided that Spaghetti would be a nice change of pace. I am not a huge red sauce/pasta fan so I don't make it that often. Whenever I do, I always think, "Why do I ever buy jarred sauce?" Homemade is so easy and so much tastier! Of course, I usually forget this when I am in a hurry and end up picking up a jar of some sauce. But, the new me is not doing that anymore!!! :) Sauce is also one of those things you already have all the ingredients in the house. So, within a couple of hours yesterday morning I had dinner made with enough leftover to store a vat of sauce in the freezer for another time. Everyone loved it and with a salad and some bread it was the perfect winter meal.
2-3 Tblsp Olive Oil
1 Large Onion
2 cloves garlic minced
1 1/2 pound lean ground beef
small piece of pork*
2 cans of crushed tomatoes 28 oz( I like to use 2 different kinds, last night I used San Marzano and Redpack)
1 large of Tomato Paste or 3 tblsp of double concentrate paste(I keep a tube in my fridge)
1/2 cup water
1 tblsp oregano dried
1 tsblsp basil dried
2 tsp salt
In large pan, heat oil and saute onion and garlic until onions are translucent. Add beef and brown. Drain fat. Add remaining ingredients. Bring to a slow boil and then simmer on low, covered, for 2-3
hours, stirring occasionally.
*I like to add a small piece of pork to my sauce while it is cooking. It gets very tender and adds a sweetness to the sauce.
**If you prefer meatballs, omit meat and after sauce is put together, cook meatballs in sauce for 2-3 hours.