First of all, I would like to know how many of you are buying pre-made spaghetti sauce off the shelf? Prego? Ragu?
Ok, say this with me….NO MORE. We do not hate ourselves, therefore, we are going to make good food.
I am in love with good food. I love eating it, and I love making it. It is one of those gifts that makes life so much better.
My gift to you is to pass along this recipe that I have tweaked and changed over the years. Spaghetti sauce is one of the basics of every household, and it deserves to be done right people. It’s yummier by 1000%, healthier, and cheaper. No. more. bought. sauce.
Merry Christmas everyone!
(Also, below the recipe is a link to a seriously cheap, and well thought out, and pretty amazing website (I discovered them on my own, I’m receiving nothing by recommending) it helps you plan meals and lists. Check it out, and it’s so completely cheap. It’ll save money in the long run by not having to make ridiculous meal purchases at In-and-Out Burger because your children are starving and you once again didn’t make a meal.)
Val’s Tried and True Spaghetti Sauce
First, if you can get a cast iron pot (either the enamel covered ones or plain cast iron) DO IT! Seriously, the only way to go. Even cooking, perfect browning, and it simply just makes better food. Find one at the Good Will, or Target, garage sales, GET ONE!
2 pounds ground beef
2 yellow medium sized onions, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
2, 13oz cans of plain tomato sauce
2, 10oz cans of tomato soup
6 oz can of tomato paste
28 oz can of canned tomatoes (I always get the Italian seasoned tomatoes here for extra flavor)
32 oz of organic beef stock (not beef broth, broth is too weak)
2 bay leaves
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
5 drops of tabasco sauce (or a few shakes of red pepper flakes) THIS IS KID FRIENDLY LEVEL (add more if you want it spicier)
2 tsp salt
4 tsp Italian Dried Herbs (I love the freeze dried Italian Blend, but whatever you have in your spice shelf will do)
1-2 fresh garlic cloves, crushed
1 tsp celery seed
1/2 tsp black pepper (fresh ground is best, but out of a shaker is good too)
3/4 tsp of a salt alternative seasoning like Mrs Dash, or Emeril’s Essence or Costco makes a great one too with like 21 seasonings
Olive oil to swirl over the top a few times and stir in
Brown beef and onion in cast iron pot. Take off a little of the fat but leave some. Add remaining ingredients. Season to taste. May need a little more salt, or pepper or red pepper flakes. Simmer on low for at least an hour, stirring every 5-10 minutes. Serve over noodles cooked al dente-which means firm to the bite (so when you bite into the noodle you see a speck of white the size of a pinhead. If no white, then it’s overcooked). Get a chunk of parmesan and shave off a few slivers on top of this heavenly sauce. Yum.
Alright, so here is the meal planning website for you to check out. Eat better girlfriends! Slow down and enjoy.
Merry Christmas, and happy eating! Love Val