Thursday, May 8, 2014

Genuine Italian Grandma's Spaghetti Meat Sauce

I discovered this delicious recipe on Table For Two quite awhile ago. I've made a few changes to simplify but kept the incredible taste. After you try this, it becomes impossible to go back to Prego, Ragu, or any of the other grocery store jar spaghetti sauces - sorry for ruining that experience for you! This is so simple to make and it freezes well.  Depending on the size of your family and their appetites, you may be able to get two meals out of each batch like we do.


1 pound ground chuck 80%/20%
2 15 oz cans of tomato puree
6 oz can of tomato paste
6 oz can of water
2 Tablespoons of sugar
3 teaspoons of finely minced garlic
3 teaspoons of garlic powder
2 teaspoons of onion powder
3 teaspoons of sweet basil
3 teaspoons of dried oregano
salt and pepper to taste - I used approximately 3 teaspoons of salt and 1 1/2 teaspoons of pepper

In a large Dutch Oven, brown your ground chuck, do not drain.
Add minced garlic and cook for another minute.
Add tomato puree, tomato paste, and water.
Stir well.

Add sugar, garlic powder, onion powder, sweet basil, dried oregano, salt, and pepper.
Stir well and taste to see if any additional seasonings need to be added, depending on the brand of tomato puree and tomato paste you use, you may want to add more sugar.

Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer, stir occasionally and simmer for 2 hours.

Serve over hot spaghetti and enjoy! 

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