Here's what you need:
I made a few changes to the recipe. I omitted the green pepper as hubby absolutely hates it. I'm not a big fan either so it's ok with me to leave it out. Also I didn't have any crushed red pepper so I substituted cayenne pepper. Just a dash. At first it was a bit much but mellowed out with cooking and added depth to the flavor.
Here's the original recipe:
Here are my ingredients:
1 Onion, really large, chopped
3 Cloves garlic (Each of the Dorot frozen garlic is 1 small clove. Adjust accordingly if using fresh garlic.)
1LB Ground beef
5C Canned tomates
1.5C Tomato sauce
1/4C Fresh parsley, chopped
1T Salt (seems like a lot but it wasn't)
Dash of Cayenne pepper
First let me talk about that onion. The original recipe called for 2 onions. As you know from my previous diversions into onion sizing I believe that onions were much smaller back in the '50's. When I looked around my kitchen for an onion I saw that I only had a huge monster onion that appeared to be genetically modified to grow bigger and faster. But happily it wasn't. It was just a big organic onion. Here's what it looked like chopped up:
|I estimate it's 4-5 cups.|
Cook the ground beef in a large pot over a medium high heat. Drain the beef and set aside. Add a little olive oil to the pot and heat to medium again. Add chopped onions and garlic. Sauté until fragrant. Here's some video!
Then add the meat back into the pot. Add the rest of the ingredients. Stir well and simmer covered for 90 minutes.
This makes a lot of sauce. The original recipe said to use with a pound of spaghetti but I had a lot left over even with a healthy spaghetti to sauce ratio. Here's what our plates looked like:
I would estimate this recipe made about 10 servings for us. I put about half in the freezer to make a quick dinner later. Hubby asked for me to save some in the fridge for his lunch the next day too. I haven't tried the frozen sauce yet but if it's like most tomato based meat sauce it probably freezes well and will taste just as yummy as when it's made fresh.
Guess what? Everyone loved it! Hubby even said it had enough flavor. Seriously. And this was after a week of work travel eating in restaurants! (I really think it kills his tastebuds.) Must be the long cooking time because I was afraid the amount of herbs wasn't enough. I usually use a lot more when I wing it tossing canned tomatoes with bottled Italian seasoning. The flavors really melded well together and as I mentioned the cayenne added some depth to the flavor without making the sauce spicy.