Do you love rich and delicious spaghetti sauce but don't have the time to make the real deal from scratch that takes hours and hours? Here are a few tricks that will dress up a can (or jar) of ready made sauce that will result in a delicious sauce that your family will love. Make a lot since it freezes beautifully.Start with chopped onion. About a cup on chopped onion for every can (or jar) of purchased sauce. You'll also need about 1/2 pound lean ground beef and 1/2 pound good quality spicy Italian sausage for each can. (29-ounce cans)
Cook them all together, stirring to break up the meat in small pieces. Season with salt and pepper. Cook until the meats are completely cooked and the onions are soft. Stir often to keep the onions from getting too brown.
Choose any brand of sauce you like. I'm using Hunts this time but I've used others with equal success. You'll also need a 15-ounce can of diced tomatoes. You could substitute pureed tomatoes, if you like.
Add one tablespoon of packed brown sugar. This will take the sharp bite out of the tomato sauce and add a delicious richness.
Stir this all together and simmer for a bit. Ten minutes or so. Serve over spaghetti noodles or your favorite pasta. Top with cheese.
Spoon sauce into freezer containers. Glass bowls or plastic bowls or even freezer bags work splendidly. Make plenty since these will keep for 6 months in your freezer. It is so lovely and convenient to take one from the freezer and have a delicious meal ready in the time it takes to boil some pasta and put a salad on the table.
Quick and Easy Spaghetti
1 onion, chopped
1/2 pound lean ground beef
1/2 pound hot and spicy Italian sausage
salt and pepper to taste
1 29-ounce can spaghetti sauce (any flavor you like)
1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes
1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
Cook onion, ground beef, and sausage together, stirring to break meats into small pieces. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Cook until meats are cooked through and onion is soft. Stir in spaghetti sauce, diced tomatoes, and brown sugar. Simmer for ten minutes. Serve over hot pasta.
Put meal sized portions in glass or plastic bowls, or in freezer bags. Store in the freezer for up to 6 months. So simple to thaw, heat and serve for an easy but so delicious dinner.