1 lb 90% ground beef
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 cup diced onion
3 cloves minced garlic
1 can, 28 ounces crushed tomatoes, I love Tuttorosso
black pepper, to taste
2 cups water
4 torn basil leaves, plus optional more for garnish
8 ounces wheat or gluten-free spaghetti, broken in half (I love Delallo)
Grated parmesan cheese, optional for serving
Heat a large heavy pot or Dutch oven over high heat. (If your pot is not heavy, the sauce may burn.)
When hot add the beef and salt and cook, breaking up about 3 minutes.
Add the onions, and garlic and cook until softened, 3 to 4 minutes.
Add the crushed tomatoes, black pepper, water and basil and stir, add the spaghetti, making sure the liquid covers everything without stirring.
Cover and cook medium-low heat (do not open) until the water is absorbed and the pasta is cooked, about 17 to 20 minutes.
Serve topped with grated cheese if desired!