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Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

This spaghetti sauce recipe can be used as your all-purpose meat sauce, and it won’t take you all day to make it. Make it ahead and make extra - freeze it for up to 3 months.

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  • 12 ounces whole wheat or white spaghetti noodles
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, split
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and smashed
  • 1 pound lean ground beef or bison
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes (more if you like it hot!)
  • 28 ounce can (or box of Pomi) chopped tomatoes
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar (optional)
  • freshly grated Parmesan cheese to serve (optional)

Serves 4

  1. Bring a large pot of water to the boil and season it with 1 tablespoon of kosher salt.  Add the spaghetti and cook according to the package directions.  When still firm but cooked through (‘al dente’), drain the noodles and then return them to the cooking pot to keep warm.  Toss with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Set aside until ready to serve.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan with a heavy bottom, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic clove, stirring it around in the pot until it starts to brown. Remove and discard garlic.
  3. Add the beef, onion, basil, oregano and red pepper flakes to the pot. Cook, stirring occasionally and breaking up any clumps in the meat, until meat is no longer pink and onion is soft, about 10 minutes.
  4. Stir in the tomatoes and add the bay leaf. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat and let simmer, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes or up to 30.
  5. Taste the sauce and season with salt and pepper. If sauce is too acidic, add 1 teaspoon of sugar; more if necessary.  (Note:  The sauce can be made to this point up to 3 days ahead.  Keep it in the refrigerator (or freeze it for up to 3 months) and just reheat when ready to serve.)
  6. Serve hot over cooked spaghetti noodles with grated Parmesan cheese, if you like.

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