Ever go to a top-notch Italian restaurant that had unique, creative dishes? The kind of place where everything sounded good and it was hard to decide? If so, you probably didn’t order the pasta with meat sauce. But if you had, it might have been the best dish there. I did that once, and it was so good that I was determined to re-create it at home. I present you with the best meat sauce. Ever.
1T olive oil
1/2 cup minced onion
5 cloves garlic, minced
1lb lean organic ground beef
1 (28oz) can crushed tomatoes
3T red wine
2t dried basil
2t dried parsley
1t dried oregano
2t crushed red pepper flakes
kosher salt and pepper, to taste
8oz whole-grain pasta
fresh grated parmigiano-reggiano cheese
1. Preheat a skillet on medium-high heat and add the ground beef with a pinch of salt and pepper. Break apart the meat with a spatula and cook until well done, about 5-7 minutes. Drain the beef and set aside.
2. Return the skillet to medium heat and add the olive oil and crushed red pepper. Once the oil thins out, and before it begins to smoke, add the onion and garlic and saute for 2 minutes. Add the beef and cook for 1 minute. Add the crushed tomatoes, wine, capers and remaining seasonings and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to the directions on the box.
3. Serve the sauce over the pasta and top with fresh parmigiano-reggiano.