This is by far, the aboslute best spaghetti sauce I’ve ever had in my whole life. I never actually got to have Grandma Faye make it, but my mom has been making this stuff since long before my dad. It’s a family recipe that has never really been written down, so I’ll try my best at it.
Grandma Faye’s Spaghetti Sauce
total cook time: anywhere from 30 min. to as long as you want to simmer it for
3 slices of bacon
one medium onion
4 cloves of garlic
1lb. of very lean ground beef (I usually do half sausage, half ground beef)
16 oz can of tomato sauce
8 oz can of tomato paste
8 oz tomato paste can filled with ketchup
dash of nutmeg
2 dried bay leaves
salt and pepper to taste
1. Cut up the bacon and brown to desired crispiness in a large skillet (I like mine reallllly crispy). Add the onions and saute until light brown. Add in the garlic right before the onions are finished.
2. Add the ground beef into the onion/bacon/garlic mixture and brown.
3. After the ground beef is thoroughly cooked, add the tomato sauce, tomato paste, ketchup and one 8 oz can of water. Mix together well (I usually use a spoon because I always splatter with a bigger kitchen utensil!)
4. Season with salt and pepper, a dash of nutmeg, and toss in the two bay leaves.
5. Simmer on the stovetop until it thickens to desired consistency. I usually put a lid on it because I like it a little thinner and I don’t like cleaning my stovetop. 🙂 My dad likes it like chili though, so my mom cooks it with the lid off.
*This usually makes enough for us to eat at least two dinners, unless Matt eats it with a spoon after I go to bed. 🙂 I freeze the other half and it makes for a really quick dinner when we need it.