I have been making my own spaghetti sauce for a while now. It’s so easy I can’t believe I haven’t been doing this all along, and I love adding in all the herbs & seasonings. I used to buy the jar of Prego or Ragu and dump it in. You would think that the contents of those jars was just tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, some onion and herbs & seasonings. But no. There’s also calcium chloride, sugar, canola oil or soybean oil, natural flavors (which could mean anything), and none of it is organic. If you can find an organic jar of spaghetti sauce with all good ingredients, than great! I prefer to make my own and it’s pretty easy too. I also add in chopped veggies, kale/spinach, olives, whatever we have on hand and want to add in. Serve with spaghetti noodles or another type of noodle that you like. Zucchini noodles would be good! We also like to have bread with butter, or a biscuit. I make blueberry muffins sometimes, or cornbread would be good too. Of course garlic bread would be the best. 🙂 For a vegetarian option just eliminate the hamburger.
- ½ - 1 lb hamburger (grass-fed organic is best)
- ¼ cup chopped onion (or 1 TB minced onion)
- 1 can tomato sauce
- 1 can diced tomatoes (or just cut-up a tomato into small chunks)
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp Italian seasoning
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp dried basil
- Salt & pepper (sprinkle desired amount)
- ½ tsp turmeric (optional)
- 1 TB dried kale or spinach, or chopped fresh (optional)
- small can sliced olives (optional)
- Other options: chopped bell pepper, zucchini, corn, carrots
- Brown the hamburger, drain if necessary.
- Add the onion and any veggies, sauté for a few minutes.
- Then add the tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, and all the seasonings (and olives if desired). Cook for 10 - 15 minutes to thicken.
At the end of summer I had an abundance of tomatoes so I cut some up and froze them. It worked out just fine and I added some to our spaghetti sauce. My husband said it tasted better than usual.
Fresh tomatoes from the garden as opposed to out of a can? Yep, I think so! 🙂
To make zucchini noodles, use a spiralizer (shown below):
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