Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

My Aunt Cherry makes the best meat sauce in the world. No joke. I have been eating it for 25 years and trying to figure out how she does it. Naturally, she doesn't have a recipe (she's that good) so i have been watching to try and figure it out. This recipe comes pretty close-hers just has something special- but i think it is really tasty.

Spaghetti With Meat Sauce
1 lb extra lean ground beef, i like to buy 93/7

1/4 cup tomato paste

3 1/2 cups crushed tomatoes, canned

1 Tbs minced garlic

1 small onion, finely chopped

1 cup portabella mushrooms, sliced

1 3/4 tsp salt, divided

1/2 tsp black pepper

1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (optional)

1 pinch rosemary
1 tsp garlic pepper seasoning

3 tsp Italian seasoning, divided
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp splenda (you can use sugar, but I would use a little more because splenda tends to be a little sweeter)
1 bay leaf
Parmesan Cheese, garnish
Parsley, garnish


-Turn burner to med-low and spray with a bit of PAM to a deep skillet.

- Add garlic and onion, mix together.

- Add ground beef to skillet and stir ingredients together.

- Add crushed red peppers, garlic/pepper seasoning, rosemary, oregano, black pepper, 1 tsp salt, and 1 tsp Italian seasoning. Allow this to cook for about 15 minutes and stir frequently.

- Add tomato paste to mixture, stir well.

- Add crushed tomatoes and stir well.

- Add 3/4 tsp salt, 2 tsp Italian seasoning, garlic powder, bay leaf, and splenda, stir well.

- Serve over pasta and garnish with Parmesan and parsley.
Serves 4-6 (depending on how hungry your eaters are).

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