Sunday, January 29, 2012

Spaghetti Bolagnese

I know pretty much everyone has their own bolagnese recipe. And if you're anything like me.. it's not really a recipe but just more of a constant experiment. I keep tasting and adding this and that until it tastes perfect. I really wanted to be able to share a recipe for spaghetti sauce though, for some of my friends that read my blog who aren't very comfortable in the kitchen. You don't have to buy jarred sauce anymore, my friends! In fact.....please don't. That stuff is yuck (unless it is Monday night and you are about to fall over with exhaustion. We all have those nights.)

Try this sauce. It's EASY and your friends and family will love you for it.



-Ingredients-

1 28 oz can tomato sauce
1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
1 6 oz can tomato paste
1 lb lean ground beef
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 1/2 Tablespoons Italian Seasoning
2 Tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon garlic
2 bay leaves
(Note: sometimes I add a pinch of red pepper flakes, if I want a spicier sauce)

-Directions-

1. In a large sauce pot or dutch oven, brown your beef over medium/medium-high heat and break it up into the smallest pieces you can. Remove beef with a slotted spoon to a plate lined with paper towels.
2. Toss your onions into the beef grease and cook until just softened. Add your garlic and cook a couple of minutes more.
3. Pour in just a little bit of the sauce and scrape all the yummy brown bits off the bottom of the pot. Then add the rest of your sauce and crushed tomatoes.
4. Once your mixture is hot, add the tomato paste and break it up and mix it in. It will start to heat up and melt into the sauce.
5. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir. Return the beef to your pot and turn the heat down to low. Simmer for as long as you can stand.
6. Serve over hot cooked spaghetti and top with parmesan cheese! Make sure you remove the bay leaves before serving.

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