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Simple Spaghetti Sauce

I am a big fan of spaghetti for its ease and quick prep time. Not only that it is fun to eat, just as my parrot, she loves to eat it and can’t get enough! The only problem is that store bought sauce is kind of flat in the taste department. The other thought is that you need some 90 year old Italian woman stirring over a pot for days to make a great homemade sauce, hog wash, you can add flavor to the store bought stuff with ease, and if you are adventurous and with very little extra time do it all homemade.

With that said, this is not really a recipe, it is more of an idea or should I say philosophy on how to make some simple ingredients into something great!

The base:

  • 1 onion – diced
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic – diced
  • 1 pepper (any color) – diced, I do this about half the time
  • 1 # ground meat – I use ground beef mostly
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • ½ tsp. red pepper flakes
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Other spices and veggies as desired

Semi homemade:

  • 1 jar of your favorite store bought sauce
  • 2-3 leaves of fresh basil – julienned

I often us Newman’s Own

Homemade all the way:

  • 28 oz can crushed tomatoes or 12 oz can of crushed tomatoes and 12 oz can of tomato sauce
  • 2 tbls. of tomato puree
  • 2-3 leaves of fresh basil – julienned

Put a large skillet/frying pan over medium heat, add olive oil and cook the onion and garlic until softened, add peppers if you are using them and any other veggies you might be using. Cook until tender, add the spices and “toast” them for a minute or two with the veggies stirring the whole time.

base for spagheti sauce

base for the sauce

Add meat and brake up with a wooden spoon, stir often and cook until browned, season with salt and pepper.

For Store Bought:

Now add the store bought sauce to the pan, mix well, and heat through, let bubble for a few minutes or reduce a little by cooking for five or more minutes. Add basil in the last minute or so, then top spaghetti or other pasta. Garnish with basil leaf and parmesan cheese. Tough wasn’t it!

For Homemade All the Way:

Add canned tomatoes and or tomato sauce and cook down for 15 to twenty minutes. Add basil in the last minute or so, then top spaghetti or other pasta. Garnish with basil leaf and parmesan cheese.

spagheti sauce

spagheti sauce reducing

Other variations:

Add a splash to a ¼ cup of dry red wine or a balanced amber beer after meat is cooked to brown and let reduce for 5 or more minutes on high heat, reduce heat and continue.

Add veggie power (and get kids to eat it without knowing) by grating a carrot and adding it to the sauce.

Add nutrient yeast for a slightly cheesy but really healthy power buster.


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