Spaghetti Sauce

Recipe Adapted From: Lil Bellissimo
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Four years ago, I asked my Grandma for her sauce recipe. I have made it SEVERAL times since then and only on a rare occasion does it turn out just like hers. I make meat sauce since that is what Ken likes and my Grandma doesn't. She uses beef cubes and meatballs. I did make meatballs today but I typically don't make meatballs since I make the meat sauce but Ken wanted meatballs so he got meatballs!

Sauce is a staple in EVERY Italian family. I love my Grandma's because it is so consistent AND because it holds so many memories. This recipe is VERY plain. NO onions...NO stewed tomatoes...NO special seasonings. I added the diced tomatoes BUT even that is not in her recipe. Maybe my problem is that I am messing with a good thing! In time, I am sure I'll figure it Mom has, so there is hope for me too.

I taste the sauce while it is cooking to determine if more salt is needed. I think this is an important step because you don't want to overdo it but at the same time you don't want to end up with sauce that is too bland. Also, I suppose you could add different things such as onions, garlic, sugar, stewed tomatoes...whatever floats your boat. This recipe will provide you with the basic foundation for your sauce. Experiment and let me know!! The one thing I know I have figured out are the meatballs. If you are interested in those, check out the meatball recipe. I LOVE my Grandma's meatballs. Mangia!

Serves   : 6
Prep   : 20 Minutes
Cook   : 2 Hours
Preheat Oven   : 

1 pound    ground beef
1 clove    garlic
2-4 Tbsp.    olive oil
1 1/2 tsp.    salt (for browing ground beef)
1 can - 6 oz    tomato paste
1 can - 8 oz    tomato sauce
1 can - 29 oz    tomato puree
1 can - 8 oz    diced tomatoes
36 oz    water
1 1/2 tsp.    salt (for sauce)
1 leaf    basil
1 leaf    pasta, cooked according to directions

Gather ingredients, sauce ingredients as pictured below.
Heat 2 Tbsp of olive oil in skillet. Add ground beef, salt and garlic. Do not drain oil.
Add the tomato paste, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes and tomato puree to a large saucepan. Fill the puree and paste can with water and add to sauce. Add one basil leaf, 1 1/2 tsp of salt and browned ground beef to sauce. Stir well.
Cover sauce and bring to a rolling boil. In the meantime, I made meatballs. This is not necessary since you are making a meat sauce.
Turn the sauce to medium low and simmer for 2 hours. Stiring occasionally. Taste to determine if more salt is needed. Remove clove of garlic after about an hour.
As the sauce cooks down, you will notice, as pictured below.
Add the meatballs with about a half an hour left to cook the sauce.
When sauce is completed serve with pasta of choice.

9/21/2014 7:56:46 PM
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