1lbground beefcan use ground turkey or Italian sausage
½yellow onion, diced
3garlic cloves, chopped
1tsp dried basil
½teaspooneach: onion powder, garlic powder, salt
24ozfavorite jarred marinara sauce
shredded or grated parmesan cheese
In a large saute pan with high sides or a sauce pot, over medium heat, add olive oil.
Add the ground beef and cook through while crumbling. If there is excess grease drain it off before moving on.
Next add the onions and garlic and saute until they are softening, about 5 minutes.
Stir in the oregano, basil, onion powder, and garlic powder. Warm the spices through for 1 minute.
Pour in the marinara, then add ⅓ cup water the empty marinara jar and give it a shake to get all the flavor out of the jar. Pour that into the sauce. (could also use red wine in place of water in this step)
Let this simmer for 10 minutes. Cook the pasta in a separate pot at this time, following box instructions : )
Drain the pasta, and mix it in the sauce. Serve with parmesan cheese on the side
Troubleshooting Your Sauce:
Don't have ground beef? You can use ground turkey, ground Italian sausage or ground chicken.
Sauce is too thin? Keep the lid off of the pot and simmer over low for 10 minutes to concentrate. In a pinch you can also add 1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 1 tablespoon cool water while the sauce is simmering. This should thicken it immediately.
Sauce is too thick? Add a small 8oz can of tomato sauce. Then taste for additional seasoning.
Sauce is too tangy? Add a couple teaspoons of sugar.
Sauce is too sweet? Add acid, which can be in the form of balsamic vinegar, white wine vinegar or tomato sauce. Add the vinegar sparingly, it can quickly take over the sauce!
Sauce is too salty? Add cream or half and half at the end.
Want more depth of flavor? Instead of water add red wine