As a child I can remember sitting on the kitchen counter watching my grandmother make this spaghetti sauce almost completely from scratch. Her movements were rhythmic, her trusty kitchen knife carefully but expertly chopping vegetables and herbs. She was always able to chop everything the same size too, uniform and perfect. I remember calling her to get the recipe one day because I was craving it and she easily rattled off the ingredients I would need. Oh Granny, I love you!
Once you taste this spaghetti sauce, you’ll be back for seconds. This is a known fact. Its flavor is robust, tomato-y, and delicious after long hours of simmering. The herbs used in the sauce really come through as well and the flavor is even better the next day. This spaghetti sauce is one of my absolute favorites, so I really hope you try it out.
I should also mention that this sauce is hearty and will feed a small army (my fiance and I eat it nightly for about 3 days), so if you and your family love a meaty sauce, then this is the spaghetti sauce for you!
Here’s how to make it…
Seriously Delicious Spaghetti Sauce Ingredients
• 1 ½-2 lbs ground grass fed beef
• 1 large onion diced
• 2 stalks of celery diced (cut into thirds lengthwise, then dice)
• 1 large bell pepper diced
• 1 large handful crimini mushrooms diced
• 1 ½ cups diced tomatoes (make sure they are ripe and fragrant) you can sub canned if needed
• 2 24oz jars of tomato sauce
• 1 TB grass fed butter
• 1 tsp garlic powder (or 2 cloves of fresh garlic, minced)
• 1 TB herbes de provence
• 1 TB oregano
• 1 tsp rosemary
• 1 tsp basil
• ½ tsp thyme
• 3 bay leaves
• Sea salt and pepper to taste
Loving Preparation – Seriously Delicious Spaghetti Sauce
• Begin by melting the butter in a dutch oven
• Once frothy, add the grass fed beef
• Break up the beef and add the sea salt, pepper, garlic and herbs (it seems like a lot of spices but trust me, it’s SO delicious!)
• Cook the beef until browned (feel free to drain the fat)
• Add in the chopped vegetables and cook for 2 minutes
• Add the tomato sauce, give everything a stir and turn up the heat
• Once the sauce begins to simmer, turn down the heat to low and simmer, covered, for several hours (the longer you simmer, the better it gets! Simmer at least 1 hour)
• Don’t forget to stir the sauce periodically or it might scorch
Once the sauce has simmered for at least an hour, it’s ready for serving. One of my favorite ways to eat this is over roasted spaghetti squash noodles, but plain ol pasta noodles will be just as good.
[yumprint-recipe id=’3′]This sauce is hardy so it goes well with homemade garlic bread. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
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