Whole Wheat Spaghetti with a Slow Simmered Meat Sauce
Prep Time 10minutes
Cook Time 4hours
Total Time 4hours10minutes
Author Pam / For the Love of Cooking
Slow-Simmered Meat Sauce:
1lbof lean ground beef93/7
2turkey Italian sausagesremoved from casing
1small sweet yellow oniondiced
1cupof roasted bell pepperdiced
½tspcrushed red pepper flakesmore if you want it extra spicy
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepperto taste
1cupof beef broth
1 6ozcan of tomato paste
2 15ozcans of tomato sauce
29ozcan of whole tomatoescrushed with an immersion blender
1tbspfresh basil leaveschopped
8ozwhole wheat spaghetticooked per instructions
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.
Heat the olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the ground beef, turkey Italian sausage, removed from casings, and the onion. Cook, stirring often to crumble the beef and sausage, for 4-5 minutes.
Add the carrots, roasted bell pepper, garlic, dried basil, dried oregano, crushed red pepper flakes, and sea salt, and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Add the beef stock, tomato paste, crushed tomatoes, and tomato sauce to the beef mixture as well as the sugar. Stir until well combined. Cover with a lid and place into the oven for 3-4 hours.
Remove the Dutch oven from the oven. Skim the surface for any fat. Add the chopped basil and oregano then taste and re-season if needed.
Cook the spaghetti noodles per instructions, drain. Serve the sauce on top of the spaghetti then top with Parmesan and fresh parsley if desired.