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Divine Spaghetti Sauce

1 pound lean ground beef
2 (28 ounce) cans whole peeled tomatoes
2 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste
1 large onion, chopped
4 stalks celery, chopped
2 green bell peppers, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
15 fresh mushrooms, sliced
5 tablespoons Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
4 bay leaves
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 pound spaghetti


In a large skillet, brown beef over medium heat until no longer pink; cut up any remaining chunks of beef and reserve. In a large saucepan, combine whole tomatoes and paste; mash until smooth. Cover and heat on low. In a large skillet over medium heat, quickly sear onion and celery until transparent; add to tomato sauce in saucepan. In same skillet, saute bell peppers and mushrooms for a few minutes, but do not allow them to become soft; add to tomato sauce. Add Italian seasoning, dried red pepper flakes, bay leaves, basil and garlic to tomato sauce; add beef and mix. Remove cover, simmer over low heat and continue to simmer all day, stirring occasionally. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain. Add sauce to pasta; serve.

Source: allrecipes.com