Spaghetti Meat Sauce

This is the Spaghetti Meat Sauce recipe I’ve been using for years. It doesn’t make a huge quantity, but is easily doubled etc. Slow simmering for a long time develops the flavor.

Spaghetti Meat Sauce

It’s great served over any pasta or spaghetti shapes I have on hand and I also use this in my lasagnas.

Feel free to add sauteed mushrooms, celery or a little grated carrot if you wish. I do sometimes, but find we like this simple recipe the best.

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Spaghetti Meat Sauce
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 large onion finely diced
  • 2 slices bacon chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 1/4 lbs. Ground chuck
  • 2 tablespoons bell peppers finely chopped
  • 1 5 ounce can tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1 15 ounce can chopped tomatoes, and their juice
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 pinch mixed pumpkin spice or 1 pinch freshly ground nutmeg
Instructions
  1. Heat the oil in a large fry pan over a medium heat. Add the onion and bacon and cook until the onion is golden and tender.
  2. Add the minced garlic and cook a couple of minutes more.
  3. Add the ground chuck and cook, breaking up with a fork, until the meat has all changed color.
  4. Add the bell pepper and cook for a minute or two.
  5. Now add the tomato paste and "cook it out" for another minute or two before adding the wine.
  6. Allow the wine to reduce a little, before adding the remaining sauce ingredients.
  7. Simmer until reduced and a deep rich red/ brown.
  8. *You could call this "cooked" in 30 minutes, but I like to let it simmer about 2 hours, stirring regularly to make sure it's not sticking. Add a little more broth or water if it looks like it's doing so.
  9. Serve with pasta of your choice.

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