The spaghetti sauce my children love
August 25, 2010, 10:09 pm
Filed under: Italy, Pasta, Quick and Easy, Technique

It’s easy. Not as easy as cracking a jar of ready made stuff, but easy enough and O! So delicious!

Here we go (makes enough to feed for with leftovers for lunch)

1 pound ground beef (I like ground round when I can find it on sale, because burns ensue when I try to drain fattier stuff)
1 large can crushed tomatoes
1 large can diced tomatoes
1 small can tomato paste
2 heaping soup spoonsful of minced garlic (the stuff from the jar, delicious like fresh, no mess)
a generous handful of basil and oregano from the garden (not a handful of each, but combined)
2 tablespoons dried minced onion
several grindings of black pepper
some red wine…I’m guessing about a 1/2 cup because that’s about what was left in the bottle.

Brown the beef in a big pot. Add the tomatoes and paste and stir well, until the paste is all mixed in well. Add everything else, stir well and bring to a low simmer. Cover and get to work on the rest of the meal.

This sauce works well in lasagna, or any sort of Italian-American style meal.

I cook a pound of noodles to go with, even when (like tonight) there’s only 3 of us eating, because the leftovers are highly desireable amongst the heathen offspring.

Also, garlic bread is lovely:
1 large loaf french or Italian bread, sliced into 1 inch thick pieces
1/2 stick butter, melted
1/4 cup good olive oil (or that garlic oil mentioned in another post)
garlic powder
onion powder
black pepper
dried basil
dried oregano
Mix the butter and olive oil. Brush onto each slice of bread. Sprinkle with the seasonings. Bake at 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes, until toasty. It’s nice to throw some parmesan shreds on there too, if you want. No pictures, because Heathen Offspring #3 is on the way home from the store, fetching me a loaf of french bread.

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