Quick Spaghetti Meat Sauce
Don't let the laundry list of ingredients scare you off, this goes together fast and is worth the extra effort for a tastier meat sauce.
1 teaspoon dried basil leaves
1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
1 bay leaf
1 to 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef (or combination of ground beef and pork; or Italian sausage)
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic or to taste
1 medium onion, chopped
1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste
1 (16-ounce) can tomato sauce
1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes in juice, undrained
1 to 1 1/2 cups beef broth (depending how thick you want the sauce)
1 (4-ounce) can sliced mushrooms (optional)
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon dried parsley (1 tablespoon dried)
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 (16-ounce) package spaghetti pasta, cooked according to package directions
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese for accompaniment
- In a small bowl or cup, combine the basil, oregano and bay leaf; set aside.
- In a large saucepan, brown ground beef over medium-high heat; drain fat. Season with salt and garlic; add the onion to saucepan and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in reserved spice mixture and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add remaining ingredients; bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 15 to 30 minutes.
- To serve, ladle sauce over pasta, which has been cooked al dente (cooked with a nice firm bite) and sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese.
Makes 6 servings.