Meat sauce takes me right back to the days of my youth when this would grace our table all the time. It was one of my favorite meals. Then we stopped having it. For whatever reason, a once or twice a month occasion turned into a once a year event. I can’t tell you how wrong that is. On so many levels.
The thick sauce is flavored with onion, bell pepper, garlic, Italian seasonings and bay leaf with tomato paste and crushed tomatoes. Typically we would make this with ground beef alone; I spiced it up by adding crumbled hot Italian sausage. It’s best with a pasta that has nooks and crannies for trapping all those delectable pieces of meat, vegetables and sauce.
I’m keeping the tradition alive and recreating it along the way because I love it so. It’s Italian-American comfort food at its best. A Sunday dinner to look forward to. Add a slab of crusty Italian bread (I get the ends!) to mop it up and copious amounts of Parmesan cheese. Then eat your way to heaven.