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Homemade Spaghetti Sauce - Cooking From Scratch
When it comes to cooking from scratch, homemade spaghetti sauce has got to be the easiest thing to make. Cooking this sauce in bulk is also super easy and you can freeze the excess in meal size portions. It is very good for you as well. Tomato products have been shown to reduce the risk of certain cancers. Tomato sauce is a great way to get these benefits.
6 - 15 oz cans of plain tomato sauce
1/2 pound of ground sausage
2 cloves of garlic - minced
1 small onion - chopped
1 teaspoon dried basil or a handfull of fresh basil
2 bay leaves
1 tablespoon sugar
Brown the ground sausage in a large stockpot - breaking it up while it cooks. When it is done drain the grease. Add to the pot the rest of the ingredients. Simmer for 3-4 hours, stirring every now and then. Serve over pasta or use as the sauce in lasagna.
I purchase tomato sauce in bulk at Sams Club and the cost per can is about $.40. The cost for this meal is $2.40 for the tomato sauce, $1.00 for the sausage, $.25 for the garlic, and $.35 for the onion (cheaper if bought in bulk) = $4.00. For us I freeze half of this sauce each time I make it, bringing the cost for the meal to $2.00 for my family of 6, with enough for leftovers for my husband to take for lunch. Many families could freeze two meal size portions from this recipe.
This spaghetti sauce does not take long to get in the pot and is perfect to have simmering on a fall afternoon. Nutritious and very good. You really can't beat it!