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Dave's Garden Cookbook: classic spaghetti sauce

The 2001 Dave's Garden Cookbook

classic spaghetti sauce

By pebble

Category: Casseroles

1 pound ground beef
2 (28 ounce) cans whole peeled tomatoes
2 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste
1 large onion, chopped
4 stalks celery, chopped
2 green bell peppers, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
15 fresh mushrooms, sliced
2 carrots, chopped
1 zucchini, chopped
5 tablespoons Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
4 bay leaves
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 pound spaghetti
parmesan cheese to taste

In a large skillet, brown beef over medium heat until no longer pink; cut up any remaining chunks of beef and reserve.
In a large saucepan, combine whole tomatoes and paste; mash until smooth. Cover and heat on low.
In a large skillet over medium heat, quickly sear onion and celery until transparent; add to tomato sauce in saucepan, also add the carrots and zucchini to tomato sauce. In same skillet, saute bell peppers and mushrooms for a few minutes, but do not allow them to become soft; add to tomato sauce.
Add Italian seasoning, dried red pepper flakes, bay leaves, basil and garlic to tomato sauce; add beef and mix. I like to add some parmesan cheese to the simmering process. Remove cover, simmer over low heat and continue to simmer all day, stirring occasionally.
Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
Add sauce to pasta; serve.

  Extra Notes  
you can do this in the crock pot and let it cook all day.

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