Spaghetti with Meat Sauce Recipe
For thicker sauce, substitute a tablespoon of double concentrate tomato paste for the puree. Add water, a little at a time, until you reach the desired consistency.
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- ½ cup chopped onion
- 1 pound ground beef or chuck
- 5 to 6 Italian sausage links casings removed
- 1 28- ounce can Italian crushed tomatoes
- 1 28- ounce can tomato puree
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 7 or 8 basil leaves sliced into ribbons
- 1 pound spaghetti
In a large saucepan add oil and heat on low. Sauté onion and garlic in oil until tender.
Turn the heat up to medium. Add ground chuck and sausage and cook until the meat is browned, stirring often.
Add tomatoes, puree, salt. and cheese; stir well. Bring sauce to a boil and boil for 3 or 4 minutes. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for about 30 minutes. Add basil; mix well. Adjust salt as necessary.
While sauce is simmering, cook spaghetti in a large pot of well-salted boiling water until al dente (about 8-10 minutes). Drain well. Toss spaghetti with meat sauce. Sprinkle with cheese and serve.