My mother was born in Northern Italy and she taught my two sisters and me how
to make traditional Italian spaghetti sauce. She insisted it was not REAL spaghetti
sauce if it contained onions and to this day I never order red sauce in a restaurant
because invariably restaurants Americanize their sauce and make it with onions.
Here is the REAL thing - at least according to my Italian mother.
2 (28 ounce) cans tomatoes (crushed or whole)
1 (12 ounce) can tomato paste
1 cup water
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 1/2 teaspoons dried sweet basil
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 whole bay leaves
2 pounds lean ground beef
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon oregano
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 cups soft bread crumbs
Spaghetti Sauce: Place all ingredients in an uncovered Dutch oven, heat to a
boil and then immediately reduce heat to a simmer and simmer for 2 to 2 1/2 hours.
Meatballs: Mix together until well blended. Form into meatballs and place on
Bake at 350 degrees F for one-half hour.
Once the spaghetti sauce
starts to simmer, add meatballs.