I really do prepare items other than cookies in my kitchen. My monthly recipes have tended to be baked goods that my grandchildren love. To this collection today I am adding something that I started making for the daddies probably about 40 years ago.
When asked what favorite they would like for a birthday dinner, the answer was for many years – spaghetti. To them that meant spaghetti with meat sauce. A few years ago I served again this for Christmas lunch. ”May I have more” was heard from young and old.
I came upon this recipe in a Good Housekeeping booklet that was inserted into an issue of Good Housekeeping magazine before it was included in the publication of their cookbook.
This is a thick and slightly sweet pasta sauce with meat that is so easy to put together.
Good Housekeeping Meat Sauce
1 pound ground beef (I use ground round)
2 teaspoons of olive oil
1 medium onon, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced (original recipe called for 1, but I love garlic)
1 can tomatoes
12 ounces tomato paste
4 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons oregano leaves
1 3/4 teaspoons salt
1 bay leaf
In Dutch oven over medium heat, in hot olive oil, cook ground beef, onion and garlic until meat is well browned; if there is an excess of fat, spoon it off. I usually do not need to do this since I use a minimum amount of olive oil and lean beef.
One of my sons, growing up, refused to eat anything that had discernible pieces of tomato in it so I would put the tomatoes in the food processor and quickly blended them. To that I added the tomato paste and combined the two into a smooth mixture.
Then stir this mixture and remaining ingredients into the meat mixture. Reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, 35 minutes or until sauce is very thick, stirring occasionally. Remove the bay leaf and it is ready to serve. This makes about 4 cups of sauce for pasta.
I served the pasta and sauce with homemade hard rolls and a green salad. Maybe sometime I’ll also share the recipe for the hard rolls. They are not quick and easy like the sauce, but so good that the time and effort are worthwhile.
Thank you for stopping by Grandma in the Mailbox. I am going to take advantage of my 5th Wednesday rule. (If a month has 5 Wednesdays, I take the 5th one off.) I’ll be back in June talking about the Wiggles and Crunchy Munchy Honey Cakes. I hope you visit again.