Basic Meat Sauce

This is from my own experience. All ingredient amounts are approximate.
The idea is simple: put in aromatics in the oil and cook until done; then put in the ground meat, cook until separated; then the liquids and simmer for a while.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 celery rib, chopped
  • 1 thin carrot, chopped thin (less than 1/4 in) crosswise
  • 1 tsp sage powder
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1.5 lb ground meat
  • 1 can of canned whole tomatoes
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 cups of wine
  • 1 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped parsley

Direction

  1. Throw in the can of tomatoes in the food processor and process for at least a minute. Note: if doing multiple cans, process one can at a time
  2. In a pot add in the oil and heat on medium high. Do not wait until the oil is smoking.
  3. Turn the heat down to medium and throw in the onions, garlic, celery, and sage powder into the oil, stir every 30 sec. 
  4. Throw in the carrots and the meat and stir until it is all broken up. The meat needs to be cooked before the next step.
  5. Pour in the wine, stir. (I usually pour the wine into the can so it washes off the tomato juice into the pot.)
  6. Pour in the tomato puree, tomato paste, and sugar, stir.
  7. Turn down the heat until it simmers. Close the lid and let it cook for at least 1 hour.
  8. Stir in the chopped parsley. Stir well. Turn off the fire. Take it off the range.
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