Years ago in the 70's my Italian neighbor loaned me her cookbook of favorite recipes that were lovingly compiled by another Italian family. I searched the cookbook until I found this Spaghetti Sauce recipe that looked easy and did not have to cook all day. I thought that I would try it just for the heck of it. All I can say is that it was a huge success with my family and I have been making it ever since. Hopefully you will find it interesting enough to try like I did and also have success with your family.
Place olive oil in a 3 quart sauce pan and heat oil over medium heat.
Add minced garlic to oil and stir for a few seconds keeping careful not to scorch or burn garlic.
Add mushrooms and red pepper flakes and blend well.
Add ground beef and break up a bit. Cover and cook for 10 minutes.
Uncover, stir breaking up large clumps until beef is no longer pink.
Purée tomatoes and add to meat mixture.
Blend mixture well, cover and simmer for 1 & 1/2 hours.
Uncover and add tomato paste blending well.
At this point you add the seasonings. The recipe does not call for Italian Seasoning so I put that it is optional but I have used it with great success. Once the seasoning has been added, taste and add more if you prefer. Blend well. Simmer uncovered for 1/2 to 1 hour. Serve over Spaghetti and sprinkle with Parmesan Cheese if desired.