Best Meat Sauce for Spaghetti

Recipe Ingredients

1/2 pound sweet or hot Italian sausage

1 1/2 pounds ground chuck

1 cup finely chopped onion

1 cup chopped green pepper

2 cloves garlic, crushed

2 tablespoons granulated sugar

1 tablespoon salt

1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper

2 teaspoons dried basil leaves

1 (2 pound 3 ounce) can Italian-style tomatoes, undrained

2 (8 ounce) cans tomato sauce

1 (16 ounce) package spaghetti

1 tablespoon salt

Grated Parmesan cheese


Remove sausage meat from outer casings; chop sausage. In a 5-quart Dutch oven, over medium heat, saut√© ground chuck (break into chunks with wooden spoon), sausage meat, onion, green pepper and garlic, stirring frequently, until meat is browned and vegetables are tender — about 20 minutes.

Add sugar, 1 tablespoon salt, crushed red pepper and basil; mix well. Add tomatoes, tomato sauce and 1 cup water; mash tomatoes with wooden spoon. Bring to boiling; reduce heat; simmer, covered and stirring occasionally, until thickened, 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

To serve, cook spaghetti as package label directs, adding 1 tablespoon salt to boiling water. Drain well.

Serve spaghetti with sauce, sprinkled with Parmesan cheese.

Makes 8 servings.

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