Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Taste Buds: Simply Spaghetti

This is a wonderful simple spaghetti that will give you such fabulous results that everyone will think you are a cooking genius. Seriously they will love you forever. Incidentally I would eat this dish every single day until the end of time and still not be sick of it. I am a spaghetti loving fiend. Now for this recipe I generally triple it because it takes time to make, because I use this sauce for my lasagne recipe, coming later this week, and because this sauce freezes really well for those days I feel like being a lazy wife but still want a good meal on the table for dinner. Shhhh if you don’t tell it is our little secret.


5 cans of diced tomatoes
5 cans of tomato sauce
2lbs of ground meat
1 ½ onions
2 green peppers
2 carrots (adding carrots make the sauce sweeter and are optional)
9 cloves of garlic
2 bay leaves
4 Tablespoons of fennel seed
Salt and Pepper to taste

Put the ground beef in a large skillet over medium heat and cook stirring occasionally until all the pink is just out


While the meat is cooking; dice the green pepper


Dice the onion


Dice the peeled carrots


De-skin the garlic


Once the meat is mostly brown I prefer to drain all of the fat. Note: some people like the taste that the fat gives a sauce, I am not one of those. I would suggest AT LEAST draining half the fat.


Add in the fennel seed and salt and pepper. Make sure that the meat tastes good before you add in the vegetables (i.e. make sure that the meat has enough salt and pepper).


Add in all the vegetables and stir


Press the garlic into the pan and cook this until the vegetables are lightly sautéed (about 10 minutes)


While the vegetables are getting cooked put all the cans of sauce and tomatoes into a large pot.


Add in two bay leaves


Once the meat mixture is ready then put it in the pot


Cook for at least 2 hours on low heat stirring every 15 minutes. Serve over the pasta of your choice. Put the remaining sauce into Tupperware and freeze for the next use.


Next week I will show you how to use some of the remaining sauce to make the most Amazing Lasagne EVER.

1 comment:

courtneymarie35 said...

This looks good! I like the idea of fennel in the sauce and the carrots, yum!

Post a Comment