This spaghetti meat sauce recipe is very simple although it requires a couple of hours of simmering so all the flavors will blend. The good news is that it freezes very nicely so it can be made in advance.
I like mixing ground beef and ground sausage in my meat sauce but you can make this with only ground beef if you prefer. I find that the sausage adds a lot to the flavor. If you are using sausage be careful not to add too much salt when you are seasoning it as the sausage is already salted.
I use fresh white mushrooms for this as well but you can definitely used canned if that is easier for you to find. Just make sure to drain and rinse the mushrooms before adding them to the sauce.
I love serving this with garlic bread and a side salad.
Here is what you are going to need for this delicious spaghetti meat sauce recipe:
12 oz. spaghetti or spaghettini or Fetuccine or linguine
1 pound ground beef
1 pound ground sausage
1 large white onion, finely chopped
8 white mushrooms, sliced
1- 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
1- 28 oz. can tomato sauce
8 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon crushed dried oregano leaves
1 tablespoon crushed dried basil leaves
Freshly ground black pepper
Coat the bottom of a heavy pan with olive oil. Heat and add sausage and beef. Season with salt and pepper and brown.
Place a strainer in a large bowl and drain put the browned meat in it. Drain the fat and set aside.
Wipe the skillet down and add more olive oil. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 to 6 minutes. Add the garlic and the mushrooms and cook for another 5 to 6 minutes until onion starts to brown.
Add the crushed tomato and the tomato paste. Fill the empty tomato sauce can with water and add it to the pan. Add the oregano and the basil leaves. Return the meat to the pot and stir well. Season generously with ground pepper.
Mix well and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for at least two hours.
About 30 minutes before the sauce is ready, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta as per package instructions.
Serve the pasta topped with the meat sauce. Sprinkle some shredded Parmesan cheese on sauce and serve. Enjoy!