Italian spaghetti (by Oliver)

1lb of Ground beef or Italian sweet or hot sausage cut up in 3/4″ pieces
  • Two large cans of crushed tomatoes.
  • 4 cloves fresh garlic, diced.
  • 1 medium onion, diced.
  • 1 tbs dried parsley flakes
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp ground black pepper (adjust to taste)
  • Olive Oil.
  • 1 lb dried spaghetti
  • Optional flaked Parmesan cheese
  • Optional 1 diced bell pepper
  • Optional 4 ounces diced mushrooms (or an 8 ounce can)
  • Put on a pot of water to boil with 8-12 cups of water. While it is heating, cook your sauce:
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      In a separate pot heat up 2 table spoons of Olive Oil on medium heat.

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      Sauté your sausage or ground beef until browned (drain and return to pot), then add bell peppers and mushrooms and cook until lightly browned.

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      Add onions into the pot, continue sautéing until edges are browned. Then add fresh diced garlic and cook another minute (overcooked garlic is bitter and loses its flavor).

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      Add the tomato sauce and spices, stir and let it simmer for 15 to 20 min.

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      Once the water in the first pot boils, add 1tbs. olive oil, spaghetti noodles and a 1 tsp of salt.

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      Stir gently and constantly until the water boils again to keep it from sticking together.

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      Let the spaghetti boil for 10-12 min (once spaghetti is done, rinse and drain).

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      9Mix with sauce and serve immediately.
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