Simple Meat Tomato Sauce for Pasta


1 tablespoon lard or other cooking oil

1 large onion, diced

6 cloves garlic, minced

1 pound ground beef

1 tablespoon tomato paste

1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1/2 cup red wine

2 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes

1 teaspoon dried oregano

Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-heat. Add onion and cook until softened, 6 to 10 minutes. Add garlic and saute one minute. Crumble ground beef into pan as finely as possible with your hands or a fork. Cook until no longer pink. Add tomato past, red pepper flakes, and 1/4 cup of liquid from the diced tomatoes. Stir vigorously and let the liquid partially cook down, for about a minute. Add tomatoes, wine, and oregano. Simmer partially covered one to two hours, stirring occasionally and monitoring levels of liquid, adding more water or wine if it gets close to burning.