Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

SPAGHETTI SAUCEHomemade Spaghetti Sauce

If you like spaghetti sauce, you will love this one, because it is so easy to make! Serves 6

Ingredients

Sauce:

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 white onion, diced into small pieces (pea sized)
  • 6 cloves garlic, chopped to desired size
  • 1 pound 20% fat ground hamburger (or chicken, or turkey if you prefer leaner)
  • 3 (6 oz each) cans tomato paste
  • 6 (8 oz each) cans tomato sauce (the best sauce has seasoning in it)
  • 2 1/2 – 3 Tbsp italian seasoning (to your likingt)
  • Extra garlic powder (if you like it real garlicky; I sure do!)
  • 1 tsp sugar (yes, to cut the acidity of the tomatoes)
  • 2-3 bay leaves

Noodles:

  • 1 box spaghetti noodles (or fresh if you can find it, it is much better)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp oil
Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

My homemade Spaghetti Sauce, and now yours

Directions

Sauce:

  1. Put the olive oil into a large skillet and turn to medium heat. When it is hot, add the chopped onions and chopped garlic. Sauté these for approximately 5 – 8 minutes, until the onion starts to look clear. You don’t want to cook this too hot, because then the onions won’t cook correctly. They need to ‘sweat’.
  2. Add your ground meat, and continue cooking until the meat is cooked through (about 5 minutes). Drain the excess grease into an empty can to dispose. You don’t want to pour this down the drain.
  3. Add the tomato sauce and tomato paste, 1 can of each at a time, stirring to completely break down the paste before you add any more. Add the other 3 cans of tomato sauce.
  4. Stir the italian seasoning, extra garlic powder, if desired, and the sugar.
  5. Place the bay leaves on top.
  6. Simmer for about 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
  7. Remove the bay leaves (because you really don’t want to eat these things)

Pasta:

  1. About 25 minutes before the sauce is ready, put a large pan of water on high.
  2. Add salt and oil.
  3. Bring the water to a rolling boil.
  4. When boiling, put the pasta in and cook according to the directions.
  5. When cooked, drain out the water and rinse slightly with hot water to prevent sticking.

Serve over hot pasta and spread grated parmesan cheese on top, toasted garlic bread, and a salad.

Hint:

If you want, once the meat is cooked, throw it in a crock pot, continue with step 3, and cook on low about 8 hours, stirring once an hour if you are at home.

Try to find sauce and/or paste that already is seasoned for more pow.

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