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Mama's Spaghetti With Meat Sauce

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“This is adapted from my mom's spaghetti recipe. It's a family favorite that simmers while you prepare the pasta--great for busy nights. Leftovers make a great lunch. I usually serve this over spaghetti, but sometimes I use linguine, fettucine, or penne. Good with garlicky bread and a salad. You can also make the sauce ahead and freeze it (it freezes quite well); just thaw and heat.”
READY IN:
45mins
SERVES:
8
UNITS:
US

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Brown beef in a saucepot or large, deep skillet over medium heat; drain.
  2. Add garlic and saute until just turning white.
  3. Add onion, celery, and mushrooms. Saute until tender, about 5-7 minutes.
  4. Add tomatoes with juice and tomato sauce. Stir to combine. Add tomato paste and mix together. Stir in herbs and bay leaves. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Add a pinch of brown sugar, if desired.
  5. Bring sauce to a simmer; reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Meanwhile, prepare pasta according to package instructions.
  6. Before serving, remove bay leaves and taste; adjust seasoning as desired. Serve over hot pasta, sprinkled with Parmesan cheese.

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