Finally I have been able to post this! I cannot count how many times I've started taking pictures of my method for this sauce but was unable to finish for one reason or another. I must warn you however: I do not use any measurements because, really, they don't matter! I think I have not ever once made this sauce in the same way twice and it's always delicious!
First add a layer of olive oil down in the bottom of your sauce pan and turn the heat to medium. Add a couple handfuls of chopped onion and a spoonful of chopped garlic to the pan and let it turn slightly brown. Add yet ground meat (I most often choose lamb that I get at Safeway) and start it browning.
Add sliced mushrooms. I choose shiitake because the flavor is so much richer.
Once the mushrooms have wilted a bit and the meat is almost all browned add 1 van tomato sauce. I buy the organic canned tomato sauce at Costco. You don't need the fancy stuff with the herbs in it cuz we are adding our own! Saving $$! Woot! I make a pile of dried herbs, salt, and pepper that looks proportionate to the amount of sauce then stir it all together. My favorite dried herbs for red sauce are: basil, oregano, chili flakes, rosemary, garlic powder and onion powder. I didn't use the powders this time - didn't feel like other it I guess.
Secret ingredient! I add a couple tablespoons of this to deepen the flavor profile of the sauce. I love it!
Stir everything together, cover, turn burner as low as it will go and walk away for at least a half hour. The dried herbs need time to reconstitute and become soft. Stir every once in a while to release delicious smells into the house!
Boom! Finished. Serve with gf pasta, spaghetti squash, or by itself. Eat it up!