I'll let you in on a little secret. I will sometimes make a couple of different things on a Sunday and put them in the fridge for dinner during the week. I like to multi task and I like all the smells that are coming out of my kitchen;)
But even though this one takes a little more time, you can still have dinner on the table in an hour. You can make a double batch and freeze so the next time it's even easier or use as a base for lasagna or pasta shells.
1 lb ground beef or turkey (I use turkey most of the time)
1/2 medium onion diced
3-4 cloves diced garlic
6 oz can tomato paste
16 oz tomato sauce ~ you can use 2 small or 1 large can
1 can diced tomatoes ~ I used petite cut
12 oz water
3 t Italian Seasoning
1 t Basil
1 t Oregano
2 bay leaves
1 t Cayenne pepper or 1/2 C of your favorite salsa if you want it to be spicy
Brown meat with onions and garlic. Season with salt and pepper to taste. If you're usually turkey, put 1 t Italian Seasoning in with the meat. Throw in rest of ingredients and simmer on low for a little over an hour. Remove bay leaves. Serve over your favorite pasta.
If your sauce tastes too acidic (happens sometimes from the tomatoes) you can throw in a teaspoon of sugar.
Here's your ingredients
Saute your onions and garlic with a splash of olive oil for a minute or two.
Throw your meat in. Season to taste.
Throw everything else in the pot and simmer for a little over an hour. Remove bay leaves.
Dinner is served!
This sauce also freezes well and is a great base sauce for lasagna.