Simple Italian Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

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This simple spaghetti sauce recipe is bursting with flavor; because of the cooking time the flavors blend in perfectly.

The secret to this recipe is the cooking time – allow about 90 minutes for the sauce to cook down and the flavors to blend.
The mushrooms are optional. Personally I love them. I hope you enjoy.

Simple Italian Spaghetti Sauce Recipe
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
  • 1½ lbs ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (to taste)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt (, or to taste)
  • ground pepper
  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
  • 2 (16 ounce) cans tomato sauce
  • 1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 8 ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced and sautéed in butter (optional)
  • parmesan cheese, freshly grated (optional)
  1. Brown the ground beef, onion and garlic in olive oil with the bay leaves.
  2. Add the tomato paste, tomato sauce and diced tomatoes into the browned burger.
  3. Mix in the rest of the seasonings and simmer over medium heat for 1 hour and 30 minutes.
  4. Sautee the mushrooms separately in butter.
  5. Serve the sauce on top of cooked spaghetti. Top with sautéed mushrooms and Parmesan cheese.


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