Tonight I’m making my home made tomato meat sauce and spaghetti for dinner. Yummy!
Ok it’s not totally home made … what I do is combine a canned of stewed tomatoes and a jar of tasty tomato sauce, a pinch or two of Italian seasoning, plus some extra Thyme and Basil, some ground pepper, and my “secret ingredient” two tbsp of brown sugar.
Then I fry up about a pound of lean or extra lean hamburger and once it’s cooked I add it to the sauce mixture and let it simmer for an hour or more on low heat. I almost never use regular ground beef as it’s too greasy … plus if I did I’d have to use something like Fastin to keep the weight off! LOL
Once the sauce is almost done I measure out enough spaghetti for my husband and I (with a small helping for our dog!) and cook that for the required amount of time – usually between 8 and 11 minutes depend upon what brand of spaghetti I’m using or what kind (ie whole wheat versus regular).
Once the Spaghetti is done I toss it in a tiny bit of olive oil, serve it in bowls or on plates and then top it with some of the delicious sauce. I think most people mix the sauce and spaghetti or toss them together, but I just like the sauce on top and I mix it as I eat my meal.
Since there’s only two of us, the meat sauce mixture makes enough for about 8 meals … so I often freeze half of the sauce to use a week or so later and then we eat Spaghetti for two days or so with the sauce I didn’t freeze.
I like making big batches of food – It’s not easy cooking for two, and since I don’t feel all that well quite a bit of the time it’s nice to have food that’s already cooked that we can just thaw or heat up easily … or rather that my husband can heat up if I’m really feeling bad. LOL
Do you ever make your own meat sauce for spaghetti? Do you make extra food (whatever kind) to freeze for later use?