Sunday, April 1, 2012

Grandma's Meat Sauce

My grandma has been making this meat sauce for as long as I can remember. The great thing about this meat sauce is you can use it a base, meaning you can pretty much add anything and it will turn out amazing. My grandma sometimes adds canned mushrooms, olives and peperoni to hers, and has even been known to add deer meat (gross) to her spaghetti sauce. Sometimes we add spicy Italian sausage but I'll stick to the basics for this one since I wanted a plain meat sauce to go with These Meatballs.

2 lbs ground beef
1 small yellow onion (chopped)
4-5 garlic cloves (minced)
2 (28 oz) cans of Crushed Tomatoes
Italian seasoning
garlic powder
onion powder
white pepper
garlic salt
crushed red pepper

Start with 2 pounds of ground beef, 4 cloves of garlic, and one small yellow onion. Cook on medium heat. 

I like to add some of my spices while the meat is cooking, to give the meat more flavor. Here I added garlic salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning.

Cook meat until it is browned with absolutely no red left. Drain any excess liquid (fat) from the meat. You can leave a bit, but too much will make your sauce too watery. Once you drain the excess liquid, add your 2 cans of crushed tomatoes.

Next, add your spices! 

Add spices to your taste. I never measure the spices, just add a bit and keep taste testing!

This is where boyfriend comes in handy.

Heat on medium, stirring occasionally, until sauce is bubbling, then turn heat down to low. Let simmer at least 30 minutes. The longer the better. If you can, let it simmer for 1.5 hours to let the flavors of the meat and spices do their work.

Boil your spaghetti noodles, and serve! 

Add optional Meatballs.

Serve with plenty of fresh grated Parmesan cheese.

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