Sunday, May 19, 2013

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

Forget the jar! This is so good and so easy, I'll never buy a shelf jar of spaghetti sauce again. I was completely at loss for what to make for dinner and I didn't feel like going to the store. I knew I had a little bit of ground beef in the freezer. So I started searching through the pantry and surprisingly, I had all this other stuff on hand. Made for an awesome supper that the DF and kiddos loved!

1/2 pound ground beef
1/2 white onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 - 28 oz. can Hunt's whole tomatoes
2 - 8 oz. cans tomato sauce
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 bay leaf
3 tablespoons butter
1 box spaghetti (I used whole wheat..if you've never used it..definitely try it!)

In a large skillet or pot cook the ground beef. When the meat is browned add the onion, garlic, and mushrooms and drizzle the olive oil over and saute until all the veggies are soft. Add the whole can of tomatoes (I cut the little hard stem parts off the tomatoes before adding them) and the tomatoe sauce, along with the sugar, salt, Italian seasoning, oregano, garlic powder, and a bay leaf. When the sauce starts to boil, add butter, and reduce heat to simmer on low for about 30 minutes. Remove bay leaf before serving. Top over cooked spaghetti noodles. Enjoy!