Sunday, July 24, 2011

Spaghetti Sauce and Noodles

For the past few weeks I have been craving Italian food of any type!  Just a good bowl of spaghetti sauce and noodles sounded like the only thing I wanted for dinner so that is what I made tonight!  My dad has always made my favorite spaghetti sauce and it seems that the way I make it is just the same as he has for years, with just a few little twists!  If you want your basic meat sauce to fulfill your craving for a home cooked meal, it doesn't get much easier, and more delicious, than this!  Love you Daddy and thank you for teaching me so much of what I have learned through the years in the kitchen!

Spaghetti Sauce

1 pound ground beef or ground turkey
1 package hot (or mild) sausage
1 large onion, diced
 green bell pepper, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
Olive oil
2 (29 oz.) cans tomato sauce
2 (14.5 oz.) diced tomatoes
1 can tomato paste (with the basil, garlic and oregano included)
Salt and pepper to taste
Italian seasoning
Garlic powder
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 cup red wine
1 package fresh sliced mushrooms

 In a large pot, saute the onions, garlic and bell pepper in a few tablespoons of olive oil.  Add ground beef (or turkey) and sausage.   Stir frequently until meat is cooked through.   Once the meat is done, add the tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, mushrooms and tomato paste.  At this point, season away!!!  

Typically anything with tomatoes requires quite a bit of salt (don't get crazy but add enough to flavor enough) just remember, you can always add more, but cannot take it away.  I generally use around a tablespoon of salt and a tablespoon of pepper.  Add Italian seasoning to taste along with a little more oregano and garlic powder.  Now for what I think is the absolute secret to a good spaghetti sauce, a little red wine and a tablespoon of sugar!  

Stir everything together and simmer for at least 30 minutes before serving.  

Serve over any type of noodles you prefer...I like to be able to stick a fork in my pasta so I really like such pastas as bowtie and penne pasta.  And of course you absolutely MUST serve this with cheesy garlic bread.  Enjoy!!!

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