Spaghetti and Meat Sauce

Okay, now I know what you’re thinking. “Everyone knows how to make spaghetti,” you’re saying. And it’s true. Everyone knows how to cook some noodles and open a bottle of Ragu and call it spaghetti. That’s great if you want something fast that’s going to taste okay and keep you full for a little while. But if you want spaghetti like you would find in a high end Italian restaurant or in those great hole in the wall joints in Little Italy then you are going to have to do some work. So if you want spaghetti that’s going to impress your girlfriend, maybe even enough to recreate that one scene in “Lady and the Tramp” that we secretly all love I’ve got the recipe for you. You’ll need:

One pound of ground beef

One pound of traditional breakfast sausage (yes I know it sounds weird but trust me)

One medium onion, diced

Two garlic cloves, minced

Two cups mushrooms, sliced

One 29 ounce can of tomato puree

Two teaspoons of white sugar

One 15 ounce can of Italian style diced tomatoes

One-half teaspoon salt

One-quarter teaspoon ground black pepper

Two teaspoons dried Italian seasoning

One-half teaspoon lemon juice

Two tablespoons olive oil

One package dry spaghetti

Heat the oil in a medium sized sauce pan. Meanwhile prepare the spaghetti noodles per package instructions. Sauté the onions and garlic until the onion becomes translucent. Add the ground beef and sausage and brown until complete cooked through and crumbled. Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil, the reduce the heat and simmer until the pasta is completely cooked. Serve with garlic bread and a green salad and wait for the complements to roll in.

 

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