Great Grandma’s Pasta Sauce

Yep, this is slow cooked for hours, just like Grandma's homemade pasta sauce. Hearty with browned ground beef, and flavorful with a mixture of basil and other spice. Perfect to top any fresh cooked pasta.

Homemade pasta sauce with meat
Photo by Kerry J.
Adapted from tablefortwoblog.com
Homemade pasta sauce with meat
Homemade pasta sauce with meat

PREP TIME

20

minutes

TOTAL TIME

140

minutes

SERVINGS

4

servings

PREP TIME

20

minutes

TOTAL TIME

140

minutes

SERVINGS

4

servings

Adapted from tablefortwoblog.com

Ingredients

  • 1

    pound 80/20 ground beef

  • 1

    (6-ounce) can tomato paste

  • 6

    ounces water

  • 1

    (24-ounce) jar tomato puree

  • 5 to 6

    cloves garlic, minced

  • 2

    tablespoons olive oil

  • 2

    tablespoons granulated sugar

  • Pinch of dried oregano

  • Pinch of onion powder

  • Pinch of garlic powder

  • Handful of fresh basil, chopped

  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

In a large stockpot, saute garlic until soft and fragrant in 2 tablespoons of olive oil, about 2 minutes. Throw your meat in with the garlic and brown until meat has been thoroughly cooked through, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Pour in the tomato paste, tomato puree, and seasoning, including the fresh basil. Stir to mix well. Fill the empty tomato paste can will water, and pour it in the stockpot. Let mixture simmer, uncovered, for 2 or more hours (the longer the better, but minimum 2 hours), stirring occasionally. Serve hot over fresh pasta.

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