Monday, July 6, 2009

Recipe: Spaghetti Sauce

1 lb. Ground beef
1 can (16 oz) Diced Tomatoes
1 can (16 oz) Tomato Sauce
6 oz. Tomato Paste
1 c. water
4 T. Dried Parsley
2T. Dried Basil
2T. Dried Oregano
2 Cloves Minced Garlic
1 small Sweet Onion (diced)
1/2 medium Green Bell Pepper
1/2 tsp. Crushed Red Pepper
Salt & Pepper (to taste)
1T. Sugar/Splenda

In a large skillet brown the ground beef, go ahead and add the onions, green bell pepper, and minced garlic. Brown until beef is cooked through and the onions & bell pepper are tender.

Once browned reduce heat to medium low and add in tomato paste and mix. Add in tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, and water. Mix thoroughly.

Add in the remaining ingredients and simmer uncovered for 20 minutes.

While simmering, boil water and cook your favorite noodles.

* This is a recipe of my mother-in-laws, it was the only spaghetti sauce Jason would eat when we melt, so needless to say, I had to have lessons on how to make spaghetti sauce. I've added a few things (like the red pepper) but the majority of the recipe is hers.

Some of you may think adding the sugar is weird, but just do it, trust me! (It's a southern thing but it makes it tasty!)

The sauce also freezes really well, so if you have leftovers, or want to make a double batch, go ahead and freeze it.

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