Saturday, December 31, 2011

Grandma's Spaghetti Meat Sauce

My grandmother is a phenomenal cook, always delicious and tasty. So I tweaked her spaghetti recipe a bit to clean it up! Enjoy!

1 lb grass fed ground beef
1 small onion
3-4 cloves garlic
1/2 bell pepper
1 can organic tomato paste
2-3 cans organic stewed (or diced) tomatoes
12-15 fresh basil leaves, torn
3-4 tsp fresh oregano leaves
1 tsp fresh parsley
red and black pepper
1 Tbsp sugar (optional)

1. Brown ground beef.
2. Add onion, garlic, bell pepper and seasonings to taste. Saute until vegetables are soft.
3. Add tomato paste and cook for a few minutes. Next add stewed or diced tomatoes.
4. Add enough water to cover the meat and simmer until done. The longer it cooks, the more delicious, Granny says!
5. Serve over cooked spaghetti. Top with parmesan cheese if desired.

Caveat: Granny's original recipe calls for 1 can Stewed tomatoes. I use a combination of stewed and diced, simply because it is easier for my little ones to eat diced than for me to cut up the stewed ones. Also, I add more tomatoes and use less meat than the original, which also calls for 2 lbs ground beef. No matter what, this is delicious.

*To have gluten free spaghetti, make sure to find a pasta substitute!! Or use spaghetti squash!

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