1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
2 garlic cloves , minced
1 onion , finely chopped (brown, yellow or white)
1 lb ground beef
1/2 cup dry red wine
2 beef bouillon cubes
28 oz can crushed tomato
2 tbsp tomato paste
2 tsp white sugar
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
2 dried bay leaves
2 sprigs fresh thyme
Salt and pepper
13 oz spaghetti , dried
Parmesan cheese and finely chopped parsley or a spring of thyme
Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Add pasta and cook per packet directions MINUS 1 minute. Scoop out a mug of pasta cooking water and set aside, then drain the pasta.
Heat oil in a large pot or deep skillet over medium high heat. Add onion and garlic, cook for 3 minutes or until light golden and softened.
Turn heat up to high and add beef. Cook, breaking it up as your go, until browned.
Add red wine. Bring to simmer and cook for 1 minute, scraping the bottom of the pot, until the alcohol smell is gone.
Add remaining ingredients except salt and pepper. Stir, bring to a simmer then turn down to medium so it bubbles gently. Cook for 20 – 30 minutes (no lid), adding water if the sauce gets too thick for your taste. Stir occasionally.
Slow simmer option: really takes this to another level, if you have the time! Add 3/4 cup of water, cover with lid and simmer on very low for 2 – 2.5 hours, stirring every 30 minutes or so. (Note 5) Uncover, simmer 20 minutes to thicken sauce. (Note 6 for slow cooker)
Adjust salt and pepper to taste right at the end. Serve over spaghetti – though if you have the time, I recommend tossing the sauce and pasta per steps below.
Divide between bowls or plates. Garnish with parmesan and parsley if desired.