This is my mom's recipe and one of my all-time favorite comfort foods. The sauce freezes really well, which is good because this recipe makes about 9 large servings. If you're planning to use this sauce for lasagne, you will only need about 3/4 of the recipe.
1 lb lean ground beef (or turkey works well, too)
1 medium onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 lbs fresh, diced tomatoes (or canned)
1 large red pepper, diced
1-2 6 oz cans tomato paste
Ground red pepper
2 Tbs sugar
In a large pot, brown the onion and garlic in a little olive oil. Add the meat and brown. Add the red pepper, tomatoes, one can tomato paste, and herbs to taste. Stir well and simmer for about an hour, stirring occasionally. If the sauce is too thin, add another can of tomato paste (you will most likely need this if you use fresh tomatoes). Check for seasonings, and stir in the sugar before serving.
I recommend serving with garlic bread... yum!!!