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Homemade Spaghetti Sauce: Momma's Own Spaghetti
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I came up with this recipe on one verrrrrrrrry long and stressful day. I really didn't want to cook a meal at all, but I knew the husband would be home from work soon and that the children were starving. I had to come up with something, and we had very little money in our pockets so ordering chinese just wasn't an option (as much as I desperately wanted it to be).
The feedback I received from everyone in the family was shocking. What I expected was for my family to eat in silence, hoping and praying that mom would never concoct her own recipe again. Instead, I ate my dinner surrounded by a family who raved about it (and the children even ate their vegetables without complaining!). Ever since that first day, two years ago, my family has asked me to make "Momma's Own Spaghetti" for them at least twice a week.
It's so cheap and easy! In fact, I've found that most of the cheap and easy recipes become the biggest winners in our household. How about you? Comment and share some of your favorite recipes!
- 2 tsp Olive Oil
- 1/2 Lg Onion, chopped
- 1/2 Green Pepper, chopped
- 3 bulbs Garlic, finely chopped
- 1 Lg Can Peeled Whole Tomatoes, blended until smooth (or buy crushed tomatoes and don't blend, if you prefer a chunkier consistency)
- 1 Reg Can Tomato Soup, (I use Campbell)
- 4 tsp Dried Basil
- 4 tsp Dried Oregano
- 1 tsp White Sugar
- 1 cup Parmesan Cheese, grated
- 1 glass White Wine, (I use Moscato because that is what I drink while I'm cooking... Ahem!)
- Meat of your choice, (I usually do shredded chicken -- from a rotisserie or canned, or meatballs -- homemade or frozen)
- Mushrooms & Black Olives, If you're into them.... which, we are..... big time.
- This is seriously so easy. Heat the oil at Medium-High in a large sauce pan for a minute, then add the onion, pepper and garlic. Saute the vegetables for 3-5 minutes or until the onion starts to turn clear.
- Combine all other ingredients into the sauce pan, beginning with the tomatoes and tomato soup. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes. Season to taste (I use a blend of garlic salt with season all and pepper). Serve over your favorite pasta, and enjoy!
|Serving size: 1 cup|
|Calories from Fat||27|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 3 g||5%|
|Carbohydrates 11 g||4%|
|Fiber 3 g||12%|
|Protein 2 g||4%|
|Cholesterol 0 mg|
|Sodium 310 mg||13%|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|
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I love to cook for my family, and they love me cooking for them. I enjoy experimenting with new recipes any chance I get. If they're successful, I try to post them on my hubs to share with others!
I'm a young mom (well, kind of) of three and a happily devoted wife to a hard working man. Nothing brings our family together at the end of our busy days quite like dinner! That's why it's important to me that my meals taste good and that it's something everyone will look forward to and enjoy.
Family time is necessary, no matter how busy our schedules can be. If you're struggling to find the time and/or energy to spend with your family, try some of these ideas:
- Cook Together: Most children love to cook with their parents when they are given the chance, and having them help has been proven to increase their chances of eating vegetables! Spouses can help, too. More than likely, we've ALL had a long day some how.
- Eat Together: Everyone needs to eat, so why not do it together? Tip: Turn the TV off and you might actually talk to each other, too!
- Take Walks Together: It may sound exhausting after a long day of work, but a simple-paced walk is more unwinding and relaxing than it is strenuous. Promote healthy living and fresh air with your family, and don't forget to recap your days to each other during that walk!
- Get Out Of The House: You don't have to be gone all night, but sometimes getting away from the house is important to do as a family (not just individually). Go for a bike ride, watch the sunset somewhere, explore a local park, or if the sun is already down go have a scavenger hunt in your local Walmart or Target!
The point is to get creative and enjoy your family in the process. It doesn't have to be a lot of work, but it does take time; the most important time that you'll never get back. Thanks for reading my hubs and enjoy your Spaghetti!
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As I said before, I love trying new recipes so if you have a good one that's near and dear to your family's heart, please share it with the rest of us in the comments below!