Homemade Spaghetti – sometimes it just hits the spot. The smell is intoxicating and who doesn’t love homemade spaghetti? It’s even better the next day, if there’s any left-over. Serve with a salad and garlic bread. This doesn't have the high sodium content and additives of canned sauces and it’s so much better! My Mother isn't Italian, but she's a great cook and she's made spaghetti for us for as long as I can remember. When we had spaghetti supper fundraisers, it was always her recipe that everyone wanted so I guess this is a pretty rich recipe if you include all the dollars it has raised for PTA projects, libraries, football teams, church trips, sororities, humane shelters, and the like.
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup minced onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup minced celery
1/4 cup green pepper, chopped fine
2 tablespoons butter
1-1/2 pounds ground beef
1/2 teaspoon white sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
6 ounces fresh chopped mushrooms
1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes
2 (10.5 ounce) cans beef broth
2 teaspoons dried basil
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon thyme
In a large skillet, warm olive oil over low heat; sauté onion, garlic, green pepper, and celery until onion is transparent.
Stir in butter and increase heat to medium; add beef and brown. Mix in sugar, pepper, salt, and mushrooms; lower heat and stir for about 3 minutes.
In a large bowl, combine tomato paste, diced tomatoes, and broth; pour liquid, thyme, oregano, and basil into the pot. Simmer over very low heat for 3-4 hours, stirring occasionally. Adjust seasonings to taste; sometimes I add more spices. NOTE: the sugar doesn’t make it sweet; it only neutralizes the acidity of the tomatoes and makes it better.
1 pound spaghetti
1/3 cup grated Romano or Parmesan cheeseCook spaghetti according to package directions. When properly cooked, raw taste should be gone but still have a firm texture. When ready to serve, combine pasta with meat sauce; serve on a warmed platter or bowl topped with cheese.