I’ve done many variations of spaghetti and meat sauce over the years, like this 30 minute meat sauce or this cook all afternoon “Sunday Gravy” from The Sopranos Cookbook. If you have time to cook the sauce a long time, you can use canned diced tomatoes or whole tomatoes that you squeeze with your hand to break up. When I have less time, I use cans of pureed tomatoes.
I made The Food Nanny’s version of spaghetti and meat sauce the other night, which adds some brown sugar. This is from The Food Nanny Rescues Dinner: Easy Family Meals for Every Day of the Week. I think this came out great and may be my new favorite! She suggests cooking it for 2 hours but I only cooked it about 45 minutes as I started late. Leftovers are awesome the next day or can be frozen. She calls for 1 and 1/2 pounds of ground beef or 1 pound of ground beef and a 1/2 pound of bulk Italian sausage. I just used 1 pound of ground beef and adjusted other ingredients to taste.
I’ve really enjoyed this cookbook and am glad I pulled it back off my shelf to discover some more good recipes! I see she has a new cookbook out, too.