Yeah, you heard me. My 72 year old Mother still calls spaghetti Sgetti so today I am sharing my homemade Sgetti sauce. I have been making this for over 20 years from scratch and hubby says it is his favorite thing I cook. You can make it in a crock pot, on the stove or even in an electric frypan (at one time that is all I had for cooking implements). In addition to being tasty, it is cheap if you make it large batch style.
Browned ground beef - whatever amount you wish. This sauce works with a little or a lot so you can stretch your meat budget. I recommend draining the cooked ground beef then rinsing under water after browning before putting in the pot to remove the extra fat. If vegetarian omit the meat and feel free to throw whatever veggies in you wish - I promise it will still taste great.
1 can tomato sauce
2 cans diced tomatoes
2 cloves fresh chopped garlic, throw in with ground beef when browning
1/2 cup ketchup (*secret ingredient - up until now oops)
teaspoon of basil, even better if you have fresh
teaspoon of oregano, even better if you have fresh
1 pepper, red, green or yellow (today's batch had 1.5 as I had some rubbery ones that needed using), throw in with ground beef when browning
1 onion, any kind diced, throw in with ground beef when browning
1 can sliced mushrooms
Optional: chopped celery, hot sauce/cayenne pepper if you like it spicy
This recipe is very forgiving - and great for using up limp veggies in the fridge. Let it simmer for 1-2 hours stove top or if done in the crock pot for 3 hrs on high.
You might be thinking I missed an ingredient - tomato paste, not required if you add the Ketchup which I prefer the taste of. I have always hated the taste of store bought spaghetti sauce and no matter how broke I was I could afford this recipe. This makes enough for three batches of sauce for two people and could easily also be used for lasagna. We had the first batch for dinner and are freezing the other two. On a side note hubby has owned these square containers that I am using to freeze the sauce in since before we even met. They are over 11 years old and still going strong. When hubby cooks spaghetti sauce he makes meatballs. I find them too time consuming so make this meat sauce instead. It takes 15 minutes to put together. My friend Alex over at Living the Small Life uses left over meatloaf squares (great re-use) in her spaghetti sauce.
I have been doing some Spring cleaning in the form of cleaning air vents and baseboards around the house. I have also made a huge list of all the things we need to do, both personal and company wise before we go on holiday.
In the mean time I highly recommend you go check out my extremely funny friend Mitchell's blog - Mitchell is Moving as he has posted some fabulously beautiful shots on a day trip near where he lives in Fuengirola, Spain.
Spain is right next to Portugal where we are going on holiday, and definitely on my list of places to travel (maybe next year?)- 17 sleeps to go!!