Grandpa Newman's Famous Sauce
About 2 lbs of ground beef browned in olive oil in a cast iron pot or large skillet with a medium onion chopped. After this is browned add 1 large green pepper chopped. Cook till tender and then add 2 cloves of minced garlic. Then add 2 cans of Hunt's tomato paste (6 oz) and 2- 8oz cans of Hunt's tomato sauce. A scant tablespoon of oregano, a tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper and a cup of water.After this comes to a boil add 3 jars of whole button mushrooms and then the good stuff...a whole bottle of Heinz Catsup. He used the Classic 14 oz bottle.Mix and turn the heat down to the lowest setting and let it cook for a long time. He only used whole button mushrooms, Hunts tomato products and Heinz catsup.If you change the brands...the flavor isn't the same. He had a burner with a very low flame that you might think was just keeping it warm. I don't know if he added any liquid as it cooked down...I do...sometimes I'll have to add a little water. The pasta he used was the thin vermicelli. He wasn't fussy about the pasta brand...but it had to be thin.
His garlic bread was to die for...He took two loaves of French bread sliced...and dipped the slices into a mixture of 2 sticks of melted butter, some garlic powder, and many shakes of Parmesan cheese...just till it gets kind of thickened. After dipping you spread the leftover butter mixture over the bread and broil...careful don't let it burn.
A tossed salad....his favorite dressing...bleu cheese.
My mouth is watering right now...I can just see him at the stove, with a smile on his face knowing that he would go down as the best spaghetti maker in the family.