Thursday, January 28, 2010

Tasty Thursday - Spaghetti!

Spaghetti!! a favorite of everyone.  This is a variation of my mom's recipe (basically I just add more veggies). Here's how I do it:

Heat 1tbsp Olive Oil in a big soup pot.

Add 1 lb lean ground hamburger (or turkey!) and brown.

While the meat is browning, chop up one large onion.
And one large green pepper.  And about 3-4 gloves of garlic (or just use minced garlic)
And carrots! This is simply for getting in extra veggies.  The carrots add no flavor to this recipe.  I do not have picky veggie eaters around here, so I just chop 'em.  If you do have picky eaters, chop 'em up finer or puree them before adding to the sauce.

When the meat is mostly brown, add the onions to the pot and cook until just soft.
then add the peppers

and the carrots and the garlic and give it all a stir or two

add two large (28 oz) cans of diced tomatoes (use no salt added so that you can control the amount of sodium in the sauce) and one small can of tomato paste.  In the summer, I substitute as many fresh tomatoes as our garden has produced, but canned works just fine also!

looking good!
add some fresh ground black pepper, salt, oregano, and lots and lots of Italian Seasoning (close to 1/4 cup) Stir it all around and let it cook for a while.  It is ready to eat once it is heated up, but I think it tastes better if you let it cook for 3-4 hours (covered on low).  Taste it after about 30 minutes to make sure it has enough salt and Italian Seasoning.
Yummy, yummy!

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