This is a simple and common recipe. Sometimes you just need a big old plate of pasta and homemade sauce!
1 pound ground beef
2 cans whole tomatoes (Red Pack)
1 plum tomato (imported)
2 or 3 small cans of tomato sauce (DeMonte)
1 8 oz. can of paste (Contadina)
4 cloves of garlic (crushed)
2 large onions (chopped)
¼ cup water
1 tbsp. Olive oil
1 tsp. dry basil or a few leaves of fresh
½ tsp. sugar
¼ tsp. oregano
2 large bay leaves
Brown Meat in olive oil in a large pot and drain off excess oil.
In blender chop one can of whole tomatoes and add this to the pot with the meat. In a blender chop one can of one can imported plum tomatoes and add this to the pot. Add 3 cans of sauce and one can of paste. In a blender add the chopped onion and crushed garlic in water and pulse in the blender until finely chopped then add to pot of sauce. Liquefy last can of whole tomatoes in the blender add to pot. Add all seasonings. Add about a ¼ cup of water to the blender and then add that to the pot. Cover and cook at least 1 hour.
Serve over pasta, like pappardelle or rigatoni. Add garlic bread and Italian Green Beans or a salad for a complete meal.
Also See Ma’s Meatballs, Chicken Parmesan, Shrimp Parmesan. My mother also added a piece of pork for my sister and ALWAYS made meatballs and sausage with every batch of sauce she made.