I wasn’t feeling well awhile back and my P.S. was feeling fine. So fine that he decided to make spaghetti for dinner. I can’t remember when he’s made spaghetti before, if ever. I thought it sounded like comfort food made by someone other than my sick self, so I was on board. I think I slept through the afternoon and the making of the dish. The kitchen was a nightmare afterwards, but it could wait.
My P.S. isn’t a throw it in a pot and see how it turns out kinda guy. He almost always insists on researching recipes and following them very closely. Not my style but I’ve done more cooking and have more confidence, perhaps. Or I’ve learned to fix mistakes in progress. Ha.
His recipe is from All Recipes, from a member named Jackie. I was giggling when he handed me the printed recipe, as it was titled “Best Marinara Sauce Yet”. I love to check out recipes with “Best” in the title, as you might remember. I’ve posted my best ever banana bread that I’ve made for years and years. I agreed that the best caramel sauce was indeed my favorite. And I’ve even posted another recipe my P.S. used that was the best ever grilled chicken marinade. We’re besties here. Ok, different connotation there.
So was it best? I think so! To be fair, we didn’t judge it only on the basis of a marinara. My P.S. added ground beef to the marinara. Technically we should call it a Bolognese, but I didn’t get picky. He made a marinara, added beef, and served it over spaghetti noodles. It was excellent any way you name it. In my sick state, lazing away on the couch, it was manna from heaven. There’s another mixed metaphor. You’d think I was still sick or something!
I didn’t follow him around and take pictures, but I did grab my iPhone and take a few pictures of the finished product as I was served. It’s a simple recipe, you’ll be fine on your own without the step by step pictures, I think.
Best Ever Marinara Sauce with Ground Beef
A simple marinara sauce with ground beef added to make a tasty spaghetti.
- 28 oz canned stewed tomatoes
- 6 oz can tomato paste
- 4 tablespoons fresh parsley; chopped
- 1 clove garlic; minced
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 6 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/3 cup onion; finely diced
- 1# ground beef
- salt and pepper to season ground beef
- 1/2 cup white wine
- 16 oz package angel hair pasta
- Shredded Parmesan for garnish
Place tomatoes, tomato paste, chopped parsley, minced garlic, oregano, salt, and pepper i a food processor and blend until smooth.
In a large nonstick skillet over medium heat saute the onion in olive oil for 2 minutes.
In a separate skillet brown the beef until browned and caramelized for best flavor.
Add the tomato sauce mixture, white wine and ground beef to large skillet and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Cook pasta to al dente according to package directions. Drain.
Taste test marinara for seasoning, adding salt and pepper to taste. Add marinara to skillet, stirring to coat. Simmer for several minutes to allow pasta to absorb some sauce.
Serve hot garnished with shredded Parmesan.
Adapted from All Recipes by Jackie