Pasta Sauce

1-1/2lb. ground beef

1 large onion, finely chopped

12oz. tomato paste

28oz. can crushed tomatoes or 2 15oz. cans tomato sauce

2 cups water

4 cloves garlic, chopped

4 bay leaves

2 Tbsp sugar

4 tsp basil

2 tsp. oregano

4 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley

2 tsp salt, or to taste

Brown the beef with the onion. Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer, partly covered, for 2 hours. You can do this in your crockpot, if you wish. Freeze in ziplock bags, or use immediately.

I use this recipe for plain ol’ spaghetti and meat sauce, but I also use it in place of pizza sauce and pepperoni for pizza. Or, we make Pizza Bread by spreading this on a loaf of French Bread, sliced lengthwise, and sprinkling with mozzarella cheese. The possibilities for this sauce are quite limitless!


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