Sounds like a tasty Good Eats show tonight when Alton Brown cooks up spaghetti with meat sauce in a new installment of American Classics! A basic recipe we can all use in our repertoire. But wait, this is Good Eats! There must be a catch!
Looking through the recipe posted on the Food Network site, Alton is putting his somewhat overcomplicated spin on a simple dish. It's going to take you two and a half hours just to get through cooking the bacon, onion with clove and star anise, and then celery and garlic. Two kinds of meat, some wine deglazing, a simmer with evaporated milk and beef broth, yet another pan with garlic cooking for half an hour, then we finally get to some tomatoes. Whew! This had better be the best damn tomato sauce for all the trouble.