My favorite Spaghetti Sauce:
1 pound ground beef
1/4 of a large, sweet onion
4 cloves diced garlic
two bay leafs
2 large cans Progresso T-sauce
1 large can Progresso diced tomatoes
1 large can any brand T-paste
1 small can T-puree
1 reg can beef broth (w/out onions)
1 tbs sugar
good virgin olive oil of your taste (some get real strong)
Some fresh or good dried Basil.
Cook and drain beef. Add olive oil, chopped onion and garlic, salt and pepper. Simmer for several minutes until onion softens. Add the beef broth and simmer for several more minutes. Add all of the T- products. Stir thoroughly and bring to boil, then reduce to simmer. Add sugar and all spices. Add 2 cups water.
Taste. Add more garlic as necessary or Oregano. Drop in pinches of Basil to taste.
Simmer, stirring frequently, for three hours, adding water if sauce gets too thick. If too thin, let simmer until it thickens.
For a change, an hour before finishing, add diced green pepper and/or good canned mushrooms. (Not fresh mushrooms because they have a musty flavor.) A tiny daub of smoke flavoring – optional – can give it an interesting mild smoke flavor. A touch of tobasco sauce can also give it an optional good taste.
Simmer until ingredients soft, then serve.