Tomato Sauce with Ground Beef

This is a basic tomato sauce, popularly used with spaghetti or any macaroni shape. For convenience, freeze in 2 cup portions.

What You Need

2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons coarsely chopped Italian flat- leaf parsley
1 cup chopped onion
1 garlic clove, minced
1 pound ground beef
1 can (28 ounces) Italian-style peeled plum tomatoes with juices, cut up with scissors
1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 whole bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper, or to taste

Here's How

Brown the ground beef in a skillet, stirring to break up the meat. Drain off fat and set aside.

Heat oil in large heavy saucepan. Add onion and sauté over low heat, stirring, until tender and golden, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic; sauté 1 minute.

Add ground beef to the onion mixture. Add the tomatoes, tomato sauce, one tomato sauce can filled with water, the tomato paste, parsley, basil, oregano, bay leaf, salt, and pepper. Heat over medium low heat to simmering. Simmer, uncovered, over low heat stirring occasionally until sauce is thickened and flavorful, about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Makes 6 cups.

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