Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

Chef Jimi Penti shares from his recipe collection: Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

1 pound ground beef (or 1/2 lb ground Italian sausage and 1/2 lb ground beef)
salt and freshly ground black pepper , to taste
1 medium onion , chopped
15 ounces tomato sauce
6 ounces tomato paste
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 Tablespoon dried parsley flakes
1 teaspoon garlic powder
crushed red pepper flakes , to taste
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
1 cup water
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves (optional)
spaghetti noodles , for serving

Season ground beef with salt and pepper.
In a large skillet, add the beef and chopped onion and brown. Drain excess grease.
Add tomato sauce, tomato paste, Italian seasoning, parsley, garlic powder, crushed red pepper, worcestershire, and sugar to the skillet.
Stir well to combine and bring to a boil. Add water and stir well.
Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Add chopped basil before serving, if desired.

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