Today’s recipe may be one of my favorite meals of all time. It is real comfort food to me.
This recipe also makes enough for at least two meals for us, even more now with my reduced size family. I love having a container or two of it in my freezer for those evenings when I just don’t feel like cooking or the day has been too crazy. I can have a nice, yummy meal together in the amount of time it takes to boil the pasta.
This is one of those recipes that really never was a recipe. I have been making it for years – lots of years – and am not sure I actually ever really had a recipe. I just started throwing stuff in a pot. So when I made it this week I decided I should actually write it down so I could share it with you.
I usually use hamburger in mine but it would also be great with ground turkey/chicken or Italian sausage.
Just about everything else comes out of a can so it is quick and easy to put together but I have found the secret to the sauce is letting it simmer for several hours. Bring it to a boil and then turn the heat down to a simmer. As it simmers, it thickens up and the flavor just intensifies. So good! You will want to stir it occasionally to prevent it from burning or sticking to the bottom of the pan.
To make it a complete meal I usually make a nice spinach salad and some kind of yummy, warm bread. Those Magleby’s rolls I shared this week would be perfect as would breadsticks or Challah Bread! Or if it has been one of those crazy days I just buy some crusty Artisan bread at the store! You must have bread to soak up the extra sauce!
Change things up a bit by changing your choice of pasta. I prefer a thinner noodle but it’s great with penne, linguine or angel hair! Whichever you like.
- 1 lb. ground beef, turkey, chicken or Italian sausage
- 2 cans (14 oz.) petite diced tomatoes
- 2 cans (14 oz.) tomato sauce
- 1 can tomato paste
- 2 cans water, use the tomato sauce can
- 2 tsp minced garlic
- 2 tsp dried onion
- 3 Tbsp sugar (or to taste)
- salt to taste
- 1 Tbsp dried oregano
- 1 Tbsp dried basil
- 2 Tbsp dried parsley
- Brown meat along with garlic and onion.
- Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, and water.
- Stir and then add sugar and seasonings.
- Season to taste.
- Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to a simmer.
- Allow it to simmer for several hours. If it gets too thick, just add some additional water or tomato sauce.
- Stirring frequently.