Easy Homemade Spaghetti Sauce
This is an easy recipe that takes only a few minutes to put together. It can feed six to eight people, and possibly more depending on your portion sizes. Because it’s homemade you have control over the salt and fat. You can adapt it to almost any personal taste.
½ pound lean ground beef
2 tablespoons chopped onion
½ cup chopped celery
½ cup chopped mixed peppers
1 clove garlic
1 32 ounce can crushed tomatoes
1 8 ounce can mushrooms (pieces and stems)
2 tablespoons brown sugar
Pinch of oregano (optional)
Garlic salt, salt and pepper to taste
Cook the beef, onions and garlic in a non-stick pot. Add the celery and peppers and stir. Add the canned tomatoes and mushrooms. Stir well and add brown sugar and remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil and then simmer for at least an hour. Stir approximately every 15 minutes. Remove from heat and if possible allow to sit for a couple of hours. It can be used right away, but allowing the sauce to sit for a couple of hours will produce more flavour.
This is a recipe that can be altered to your taste by removing or adding ingredients as you see fit. Instead of ground beef you can use Italian sausage which gives it a different flavour. If you prefer more chunks of tomatoes use a can of whole or diced, but be sure to use tomato paste or grated carrot to thicken the sauce. The two ingredients that seem to be essential for taste are the celery and brown sugar. If you prefer a vegetarian version just leave out the meat and double up on the peppers and mushrooms.
It keeps well in the fridge and can be used with almost any kind of pasta. Having some on hand in the fridge makes for quick, easy and healthy lunches. The recipe also freezes well.
Cooking Your Pasta
I have used the following method for about three decades, and have rarely been disappointed with it.
1) Bring at least 2 quarts of water to a boil
2) Add 2 tablespoons of oil
3) Add salt if you wish
4) Place your pasta into the boiling water
5) Keep the water boiling throughout the process
6) Cook for the time recommended on the package and stir frequently
7) Strain through a colander
8) Rinse briefly with cool water
9) Serve with your favourite sauce.
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