We used to buy spaghetti sauce in the jar for quick pasta meals. But in trying to avoid sugar and other non-essential ingredients, we decided to try making our own version that was basic on ingredients and big on taste. This receipe takes about 30 minutes, start to finish. Of course, the longer you let this dish simmer, the better it tastes, but you get a good dish after half an hour!
You can also freeze and enjoy later at home, or on a camping trip!
Step 1: Ingredients
1 lb ground pork or ground beef (we prefer the ground pork)
1 32 ounce can of crushed tomatoes
onion (1/2 cup diced)
garlic - 1-2 cloves, minced
salt and pepper - to taste
Step 2: Saute Onion and Garlic
Saute diced onion and garlic in 2 tablespoons of olive oil until translucent and fragrant.
Step 3: Add Meat
Add your ground meat and cook thoroughly, breaking up the meat into a fine texture. Add about 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar, and continue cooking until meat is thoroughly browned.
Step 4: Add Crushed Tomatoes and Seasoning
Pour in your crushed tomatoes, and add your seasonings to taste.
Step 5: Cover and Simmer
Cover and let simmer over medium low heat, stirring occasionally, for at least 30 minutes. If you can hold out for an hour, it's even better!
Step 6: Serve Over Pasta & Enjoy!
Sprinkle with some grated Parmesan cheese and you've got a quick, easy, healthy and tasty homemade pasta dinner in an hour or less!
You can also freeze this sauce in a plastic freezer bag or vacuum sealed bag and enjoy later. Or throw it in a cooler and reheat in boiling water for a great spaghetti dinner during a camping trip!
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