Easy Spaghetti Sauce
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When the weather is colder I like to batch cook and fill the freezer, as I think many people can relate to. There’s always lots of soups, lasagnas, casseroles and spaghetti sauce!
Spaghetti sauce is something I have been making for years, I never really did use a recipe. I watched my mom make it while I was growing up and so when I went out on my own I just used what I thought I knew and hoped for the best. It was OK but over the years I have tried different things and added or subtracted ingredients. I learned new tricks and after 20 years I think I have a winner 🙂
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 medium onion – diced
- 1 medium green pepper – diced
- 1 1/2 lbs ground beef
- 4-5 cloves of garlic – minced
- 1 – 796 ml – can of diced tomatoes
- 2 – 398 ml – cans of tomato sauce
- 1 tbsp tomato paste
- 1-2 tbsp – Italian seasoning
- 1-2 tbsp – dried basil
- 1 tbsp – Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tsp salt or to taste
- 1/2 cup – water
- 1-2 bay leaves
How to –
In a large frying pan saute onion and green pepper on medium heat until the onions are translucent.
At this point add the ground beef and minced garlic.
Cook on medium-high heat until the beef is browned and any liquid has evaporated. Making sure the liquid has evaporated is important. Your sauce can become watery if you don’t.
Now pour the beef mixture to a larger pot, like a dutch oven. Add the diced tomatoes, the tomato sauce, tomato paste, Italian seasoning, basil, Worcestershire sauce, salt and the bay leaf. Stir and bring the sauce to a light boil over medium heat.
***Easy, vegetable hiding hack*** http://happyandhandcrafted.com/easy-way-to-hide-vegetables/ You can add a cup or 2 of this puree to the sauce to boost the veggies and nutrition in this sauce. Works particularly well for picky eaters! The onions and peppers from this recipe could be blended too if you think they would get noticed and picked out!
At this point add the water and let it simmer for an hour and a half, stirring occasionally. The sauce will reduce and become thicker as it simmers.
This recipe makes quite a lot and I prefer it that way because as I said earlier I like to make and freeze, in
Spaghetti is a staple. And my family always bicker about our favorite sauces. Hope to try this recipe soon and see if it pleases the masses. Thanks!
Thank you. I hope it works for you 🙂
This looks absolutely delicious!! I love the addition of the green pepper…I don’t see that often!
-Madi xo | http://www.everydaywithmadirae.com
Thank you! I’ve always added green peppers, I think I picked that up from my mom.
Mmm yummy! I love spaghetti and this sauce came at the perfect time. Can’t wait to try it. Thank you for sharing!
Thank you. I hope you like it!
Yum! This spaghetti sauce looks hearty and meaty — two of my husbands top requirements. I love the idea of making extra to freeze to have for later! Can’t wait to try!
Haha, those are my husband’s requirements as well! I hope you like it.
I bet this smells divine when you are cooking! I’ve pinned it to try later.
It sure does! I hope you enjoy!
What a yummy recipe! I’ve never made spaghetti sauce myself but this sounds so good!
It sure is. Thank you
Spaghetti is so easy to cook yet so delicious! I love this recipe lots of meat and spices. I need to try this for valentines day!
Thank you so much!
This looks delicious and hearty! Never made my own sauce, but will be trying your recipe!
Thank you! It’s so easy and delicious…you’ll be hooked
This looks incredible! Pasta has always been my favorite meal:) I’m gonna save this for date night
Thank you! I hope you like it!
looks delicious! definitely want to try ill just sub out the meat since im vegetarian! thank you!
Yes, that would work too. I often make meat dishes vegan. I use lentils sometimes for this!