After posting about a huge spaghetti feast that we had at our house last Friday evening, I had a request for the recipe for the sauce. And to be honest, I don't really follow a recipe for my meat sauce. However, I do the same thing each time so this should be easy enough …
- 1 pound ground beef
- ½ pound hot Italian sausage (if you prefer mild sausage, go for it. It's your kitchen, after all!)
- 1 large onion, diced
- 2-3 (or 4!) cloves of garlic, minced (please, do yourself a favor, and DO NOT use garlic powder)
- 1 28-oz can of whole, peeled tomatoes, broken up (I use a potato masher, or if I'm feeling adventurous, I just squeeze the tomatoes with my hands!)
- 2 teaspoons dried basil (unless I have fresh, then I add it at the end)
- 2 teaspoons dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- Salt and pepper, taste
Brown the meat in a large Dutch oven. Add the onion and garlic and allow to cook for about 5 minutes. (Sometimes, at this point, I'll deglaze the pot with about ½ cup of red wine.) Add the tomatoes, then the spices, cover and let simmer for at least 30 minutes, but you can also leave it simmering for as long as you wish. If you do, check it periodically to make sure there is consistently enough liquid. Add more tomatoes or tomato puree, only a bit at a time, if necessary.
If the canned tomatoes you use have too much liquid in them, you can add some tomato paste to thicken it up, but I try to avoid this because I don't care for such a strong concentration of tomato flavor. I prefer to taste the meat and vegetables equally with the tomatoes. I actually prefer to use a little tomato SAUCE or PUREE (instead of paste), but I rarely would add a full can and hate to throw any food away … such a conundrum. Typically, however, I can avoid both of these options by using really good whole, peeled tomatoes!
[Do you see how 'au pif' this recipe is for me?!]
This past Friday, I more than doubled this recipe for the many hungry bellies I knew I would need to fill! Just be sure to use your largest Dutch oven and you should be fine.
Here are some other pasta sauces that I've posted that you might also enjoy!
And the download for THIS Meat Sauce …