Thursday, April 14, 2011

Spicy Spaghetti Sauce

This is one of my family's favorite that I have been making for years!

In a large pan:

Brown 2 lbs. of meat {ground turkey or beef}  in 2 Tablespoons of olive oil 

Salt the meat with 1 teaspoon of salt and 1 teaspoon of pepper

Add 1 large, chopped onion and cook 15 minutes

Add several minced cloves of garlic (or more if you love garlic)

Add 25 oz. jar of a marinara or spaghetti sauce

2 14.5 oz. cans of diced tomatoes

1 14.5 oz. can of fire roasted tomatoes

2 Tablespoons dried oregano (or fresh if you have it)

2 Tablespoons dried basil (or a big handful of fresh)

1-2 Tablespoon sugar or a small squirt of Stevia {optional}

pinch of cayenne {ONLY if you want it very spicy!}

Simmer 2-3 hours uncovered.  Start tasting and slowly adding more salt, pepper, sugar, and cayenne until it is seasoned to your liking.  We use this sauce on whole wheat pasta with fresh Parmesan cheese.  I add fresh mushrooms and broccoli to it sometimes the last 1/2 hour of cooking. You can put it on any type of pasta you like, or over brown rice, or even slices of zucchini and it's delicious!