This homemade meatsauce is my version of a very tasty sauce and I've married this with homemade Garlic Toast! The taste is incredible - I use Garlic Toast instead of Pasta giving this meal a very flavorful palette and a crunchy texture!
You will need:
1.5-2 lbs. of Ground Beef
1/2 lb. of Hot Sausage
2 - 29.oz Cans of Tomato Sauce
2 - 12 oz. Cans of Tomato Paste
1 Medium Onion
5 Cloves of Garlic
Sugar, Salt, Pepper
Basil: Coarsely chop Basil to equal a few tablespoons.
Thyme: Finely chop this herb to equal about a tablespoon
Oregano: Finely chop this herb to equal about a teaspoon
Combine these herbs and set aside.
Onion / Garlic
Coarsely chop onion and garlic. Combine these 2 ingredients and
place into a small fry pan. Drizzle a few tablespoons of olive
oil and lightly season with salt and pepper (I use fresh cracked
peppercorn - it does make a difference).
Begin sauteing the onion and garlic; stirring occasionally until
the onion becomes translucent - set aside.
In a large fry pan, fry the sausage just until cooked and break
apart so it's almost "crumbly" or finely chopped. Add the ground
beef and cook until browned. Drain fat.
Add the sautéed onion and garlic to the ground beef and sausage mixture. Cook over medium heat for about 5-7 minutes. Remove from heat and place mixture into a 7-Quart Saucepan.
Open the 2 cans of tomato sauce and 2 cans of tomato paste and add this to the saucepan. Take the empty can of Tomato Sauce and fill twice with water and add to saucepan. Add Basil, Thyme and Oregano.
Season with 1 Teaspoon of Salt and a 1/2 Teaspoon of Pepper. Measure 1 Tablespoon of sugar to this (this will remove some of the tartness)
Blend everything well and place on medium heat until sauce has a slight boil to it. Turn down heat to simmer and cover. Stirring occasionally, allow meatsauce to simmer for approximately 3 hours - this will "cook it down" and allow the marriage of all these flavors to be combined.
Meatsauce will be thick - this is a meatsauce and not a spaghetti sauce! This meatsauce will yield a little over a gallon! I make sure I make enough to freeze and store the sauce in quart size containers. You can then take out what you need for your next meal! - This sauce is also great for Lasagna too!
Homemade Garlic Toast
While your meatsauce is simmering, you can begin prepping the Garlic Toast for this meal. There is no pasta involved in this meal, so get that out of your mind right now :)
What you're going to do is pour the meatsauce mixture OVER the garlic toast! "Normally", you would have garlic toast WITH meatsauce over pasta, but during my "kitchen time", I have experimented with meatsauce over fresh-made garlic toast and it is VERY tasty!
You will need:
Fresh loaf of Italian Bread
1 Stick of Butter (softened, but NOT melted)
2 Cloves of Garlic
1 Tsp. of Italian Seasoning Mix (I use Good Seasons)
Fresh grated Parmesan Cheese
Place butter in a small mixing bowl.
Mince 2 cloves of garlic and place in bowl.
Add 1 tsp. of Italian Seasoning Mix
Take a small spoon and blend these ingredients well - Set aside.
Slice the italian bread into 1/2" slices and place on a foil-lined baking pan (or non-stick baking sheet)
Spread a liberal amount of garlic/butter mixture on each slice. Top each slice with a liberal amount of fresh grated parmesan cheese. Place the toast in the oven (or toaster oven) at 425 Degrees until cheese is lightly browned (about 10 minutes).
Place a few slices of garlic bread on a plate and ladle meatsauce over the garlic toast! This meal is extremely tasty and a different twist to the standard pasta that you would normally use!
For a "Lighter" version of garlic toast:
Use Margarine instead of Butter and eliminate the Cheese
All I have to say is .... ENJOY!