1 1⁄2 lbs ground beef
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced (to taste)
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon italian seasoning
1 teaspoon salt
1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
2 (16 ounce) cans tomato sauce
1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes
8 ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced and sauteed in butter (optional)
Parmesan cheese, freshly grated (optional)
STEP BY STEP:
Brown the ground beef, onion and garlic in olive oil with bay leaves, oregano, basil, Italian Seasoning, salt and pepper.
Add tomato paste, tomato sauce and diced tomatoes.
Stir well and bring to a simmer over medium heat.
Cover and simmer for 1 1/2 hours.
Taste the sauce once it’s warm and add some seasoning.
Maybe it needs a touch of salt, red pepper flakes, or some fresh garlic to liven it up.
You could add dried or fresh herbs too: oregano, basil, thyme, tarragon, parsley—they’re all great!
Use sauce to top your cooked spaghetti.
Top with sauteed mushroom.
Pass the Parmesan.
Full of flavor and easy to make. Recipe can be used as is or double for a large batch for freezing or canning for an easy homemade meal that is prepared ahead.
Homemade is always better than store bought! You’ll eat a much healthier meal, you won’t add all the salt, sugar and fat, and you know exactly what you’re eating.