Oh Spaghetti meat sauce…. This is another one of those recipes that I’ve searched a long time for the perfect one. I have this go-to spaghetti sauce that I normally make, but it’s just not “the one”. This is my idol, The Pioneer Woman’s recipe and it’s super good! I think next time I’ll leave out the green peppers, they were a bit too strong for my taste, but other than that, it was very good! I’ll definitely be making this again!
– 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
– 1/2 onion, diced
– 1/2 green pepper, seeded and minced
– 2 cloves garlic, minced
– 1 cup beef broth, she also sates that you can use white wine in it also
– 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
– 1 can jarred marinara sauce
– 1 small can tomato paste
– 1 tsp. ground oregano
– 1 tsp. ground thyme
– 2 bay leaves
– 1 tsp. Kosher salt
– 1 tbsp. Sugar
– 1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
– spaghetti noodles, or any other pasta you would like. This recipe makes a lot so make ample pasta!
– Parmesan cheese for serving and mixing in your sauce at the end if you want
In a large pot (stock pot size) brown the ground beef. Drain the excess fat and set meat aside in another bowl, (don’t clean the pot that you browned the meat in). Drizzle in some olive oil into your stock pot and add in the onions and green peppers. Stir it around and cook for a few minutes, then add in the garlic. Stir and cook for an additional minute.
Pour in the beef broth (or the wine) and let it cook for a couple of minutes. Add in the crushed tomatoes, marinara sauce, and tomato paste. Stir to combine, and then add the oregano, thyme, sugar, salt, bay leaves, and the red pepper flakes. Stir all together and then add the ground beef back in. Give that a big stir and turn your heat to simmer. Place the lid on your pot and let simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
Bring a pot of salted water to boil and add in your pasta. Try and time this to where your sauce will finish about the same time as the pasta. Then you won’t have to wait to dig in!
After the hour, add some more liquid (water or beef broth) if it needs it, and give it another big stir. Let simmer for another 30 minutes or so. Discard the bay leaves before serving.
Serve with a nice side salad and a piece of yummy garlic bread!