I’m bragging. I know. But my kids seriously won’t eat spaghetti sauce from a restaurant. It just doesn’t compare to mama’s at home. It tastes so good that we can’t bring ourselves to eat sauce from a jar either.
I made this recipe up many years ago to help stretch the budget. Then I started getting requests for the recipe, but I don’t have a recipe. I don’t measure anything and I make a huge pot of it, so writing down the recipe is hard.
But because I love my readers so much, I’m gonna give it my best shot! I’m going to give it to you in a “small” batch, which would be about 2 meals worth for us. I usually make double this amount, but that takes a big stock pot and not everyone has one.
- 1 #10 can of tomato sauce (I find this at Costco)
- 1 16oz can of diced tomatoes
- 1-2lbs ground meat
- 1 onion, diced
- 4 garlic cloves
- Italian seasoning mix
- onion powder
- garlic powder
- salt and pepper
In a large saucepot, brown the ground meat with the diced onion and minced garlic. Salt and pepper to taste.
Add the can of tomato sauce and canned tomatoes to the meat.
Then I season the sauce and let simmer for most of the day. I put in about 1/4 cup italian seasoning, 1 T garlic powder, 2 T onion powder and salt and pepper to taste. If the meat was really lean I add a little olive oil to the sauce.
I really do apologize for the lack of exact measurements, but I really do go by taste. And the longer it simmers the more the flavors meld together. I also used to throw in a can or two of mushrooms before the kids started revolting. If you like zucchini, chop it up and saute it with the meat.
I would love to hear from you if you try it out!!