I love to find a basic keeper recipe for family favorites. Keeper recipes tend to be much cheaper than buying their premade counterparts, plus you can tweak them for your family’s taste buds. For years, I searched for keeper recipes for things like homemade bread, croutons, cinnamon rolls, strawberry lemonade (we use this syrup), chili, pizza sauce, pizza crust, and so many other things, and once I tried and tweaked and achieved the flavors that our family wanted, I would type the recipe up and put it in my “keeper” recipe notebook. One particular recipe that felt like a reward after all that trying and tweaking was our favorite spaghetti sauce.
There is nothing better and more comforting than a good pasta meal, but the sauce needs to be just right. That’s how our family feels, anyway. Spaghetti just doesn’t hit the spot if the dish isn’t just right.
Trust me, this one is just right.
The true gauge to whether or not a recipe is a keeper is if my son Danny likes it. He can taste the slightest difference in ingredients if I substitute any. It’s uncanny! I have to give my daughter Abi some credit for this recipe version, as she helped me get it just right.
Our family uses this sauce over pasta, in spinach lasagne, over our favorite vegetables, and sometimes we even add Italian sausage to it for a different flavor. It’s really delicious! We hope you like it as much as we do!
Stone Family Keeper: Homemade Spaghetti Sauce with Meat
- 1 lb. ground beef I use 85%
- 1 tsp. minced garlic
- 1/2 tsp. onion powder
- 2 pinches salt I use himalayan salt
- 6 oz. tomato paste
- 16 oz. tomato sauce
- 1 Tb. minced garlic
- 1 tsp. onion powder
- 1/4 cup parmesan cheese green can kind
- 1 Tb. olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- Brown ground beef with 1 tsp. minced garlic, 1/2 tsp. onion powder, and 2 pinches of salt. Remove from skillet when browned, and set aside.
- Add 1 Tb. minced garlic, tomato paste, and half of the tomato sauce and whisk until the tomato paste is incorporated evenly with the other ingredients.
- Add the rest of the tomato sauce and other ingredients and whisk ingredients together well.
- Add the ground beef back to the sauce and bring to a boil.
- Simmer 30 minutes.
- Serve over your favorite pasta or vegetable, or in a casserole or lasagne.
Well there you have it! It’s not difficult at all to make your own spaghetti sauce, and it’s quick, so you don’t have to be an authentic sauce-simmering Italian mama to have a comforting plate of Italian awesomeness!
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