Saturday, March 24, 2012

Spaghetti Meat Sauce



Sometimes we're in the mood for spaghetti and meatballs but I don't have time to fix the meatballs homemade. When that happens, I just put together a simple meat sauce that takes a fraction of the time and tastes just as good. I can only imagine you're sitting there thinking..."why not frozen meatballs and a can of already made sauce?" Well, once you find the right combination of spices you'll swear it's just as easy to fix homemade plus it tastes better! There is a bottle of pasta and pizza Sicilian style seasoning in my cabinet that is my go-to Italian blend. It's in a grinder bottle, so it smells heavenly when I'm seasoning my sauce. Every bite gives you a hint of multiple spices you just can't get out of a can of store-bought sauce.


Technically I should call this a meat and veggie sauce. Ya'll know how I go on about vacuum sealing veggies and meats. Well, remember those beautiful red and yellow peppers we bought a bunch of? You know they're getting chopped up and thrown in the sauce! 


INGREDIENTS:
  • 1 lb. hamburger meat
  • 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
  • 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 8 oz. can tomato sauce (use tomato paste if you want a thick sauce!)
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 large onion, chopped
  • 1 can mushrooms
  • 1 tbsp. minced garlic
  • Italian seasoning, salt and pepper to taste.
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese


DIRECTIONS:
Brown hamburger meat and onions together in a large, deep skillet. Season with salt and pepper. After draining excess grease, add garlic, bell pepper and mushrooms. Stir in crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes and sauce and allow to simmer for 20-30 minutes. Before serving, add grated Parmesan cheese and stir in well. 


Serve over cooked pasta of your choice with garlic bread.

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