Gravy (Or the sauce, if you prefer)
Brown 2# ground sirloin with a medium onion chopped.
Add a few cloves of garlic (3 or 4)
Add 1 Cup finely processed carrots
Let this mixture cook until all the meat is browned and the vegetables are soft.
About 20 minutes.
Add 1/2 Cup mushrooms
Add 1 large can crushed tomatoes
2 -3 Tbsp. paprika
2-3 Tbsp. cumin
2-3 Tbsp. oregano
sea salt and coarse ground black pepper to taste
Add 1 Cup red wine (You may use beef broth instead)
Stir well and allow to simmer 3 hours stirring to prevent sticking. This is a basic gravy that can be adapted to many Italian dishes. You can add different spices or more or less for different flavors. It is fantastic served with any pasta, rice, chicken or when lots of cheese is added, chicken and cheese!
Here, I am serving it with a simple whole wheat linguini, tossed salad and garlic bread with cheese. I topped it with freshly ground mozzarella.