Spaghetti Sauce

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

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There is nothing quite like homemade sauce!

I grew up with homemade spaghetti sauce. I’m not sure there was ever a time we had store bought. My mom cooked a lot and this was part of it. I remember a typical spaghetti night would include homemade bread and salad. My sister and I would always make a “spaghetti sandwich” where you take bread and top it with a large pile of spaghetti and somehow grip it with all ten fingers and manage to take a big ‘ol bite out of it. We were convinced it makes the spaghetti taste even better, though that seemed impossible, we believed in the possible. :)

My girlfriend told me she has never made her own sauce and to my dismay I was really shocked. She is pretty good at holding to no additives and preservatives that this comment really shocked me. Especially because it is super easy to make and can simmer all day long to deepen the flavors and smell the house with a delightful aroma for hours.

So since she informed me that she has never made her own sauce I thought I really needed to share the easiness to this delightful meal.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground beef or turkey
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-16oz can olives, chopped
  • 2-6oz can tomato paste
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tbsp parsley
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • Dash of garlic salt
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ¾  tsp sugar (to taste, but add a little at a time as you can’t undo the sweetness)

In a pot cook onion, garlic and ground beef until no longer pink. Add olives, tomato paste, water and diced tomatoes.

Add seasoning at this point; if you are using fresh herbs add now. If you are using dried seasoning the trick is to place the dried seasoning into the palm of your hands and rub together. This reactivates the flavor in dried seasoning leaving the meal with more vibrant flavors. Stir well and let simmer on low for 2-4 hours.

When you are ready to eat, serve in a bowl or plate over pasta and with garlic bread and salad! Enjoy!

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