Stop! Before you read any further, you need to be prepared to forget everything you already know about making meat sauce. If you don’t know anything, then google ‘how to make a great meat sauce’, learn a few things, and then go ahead and forget those. That’s because our parents’ meat sauce recipe is so beautifully unusual that you’ll be left wondering what you have gotten yourselves into. If you’re worried that it’s going to be a flop…relax. There’s always take-out.
So, what makes this meat sauce different? Well actually, if you have Greek parents, then it might be quite familiar to you. However if your parents do not come from the birthplace of democracy and modern medicine, chances are you’ll find it odd. Except for the onion, there are no finely chopped vegetables, sautéed until soft and sweet. There is no browning of the ground meat, no gentle stovetop simmering for hours. There is no added cheese, no tomato paste, no secret spoonful of sugar, and no fresh (or dried) herbs. Instead, you will lightly sauté some onion and then toss the rest of the straightforward ingredients together in a pot where your ground meat will basically boil in tomato sauce. There’s a little more to it than that…but barely.