Spaghetti sauce with meat

In recipe on September 10, 2010 at 5:35 pm

Spaghetti sauce with meat

I went on vacation recently! It was absolutely splendid – Greece and Turkey (well, Istanbul) for a little over 2 weeks. The food was pretty good – while I can certainly wait to have another Greek salad, I did eat some excellent Cretan snails, fish, and a zucchini pie that I will dream about for the rest of my life.

When I came back, I definitely had a hankering to cook again (hurray! said my roommates). And what I had been craving most was some sort of Americanized Italian food, something that comes in big servings with easy, tasty flavors.

So I made spaghetti sauce.

NOTE. This recipe CANNOT be made vegetarian. The meat fat was an essential part of the sauce, and, while you could forego and just do onions and tomatoes, I can’t speak to the richness and equivalent deliciousness.

Those who enjoy dead animal flesh (like me!), ENJOY. Invite friends, it makes a lot (or freezes well!)

Spaghetti sauce with meat

  • 3 tbl olive oil
  • 1 lb ground beef (choose a fatty mix; we used 85% lean ground beef)
  • 1 white onion, minced
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • Basil and parmesan cheese for garnish
  1. Use half the olive oil in a nonstick skillet and heat over medium-high heat. Cook beef, 5 to 8 minutes, using spatula to break up bigger pieces of meat.
  2. In large, heavy pot, heat rest of olive oil over medium heat. While meat is cooking, add onion and garlic to pot. Cook 4 minutes, or until fragrant.
  3. Add can of tomatoes to large pot. Stir.
  4. When meat is done, stir into large pot, making sure to scrape fatty bits from the pan bottom.
  5. Let tomato sauce simmer over medium-low heat for at least 45 minutes.
  6. Serve over spaghetti or fettuccini. Garnish with parmesan and basil.

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