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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

I know there are some great Marinara Sauces out there but my family wants meat in their sauce! Today for lunch I made a super simple yet very tasty Meat Sauce for Spaghetti.

2TBS or so of coconut oil
1 lb hamburger - grass fed beef (organic if you don't know your farmer)
1 small onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, diced
1/4 cup mixed diced peppers (mine were in the freezer - optional)
1 bay leaf (remove when done cooking)
1/ tsp dried oregano
 OR 2 tsp Italian Seasonings
1/2 tsp of sugar
1 large can of oven roasted tomatoes
1 small can tomato paste
1 cup water
1 or 2 cubes of any frozen veggie you want to add - spinach or kale is really good
Squirt of anchovy paste if you have it.
Salt and pepper to taste (I don't salt because I salt my pasta)
(I often add other veggies like carrots and celery to the sauce - sauteing with onions.)

Begin with hot oil - add onions and peppers, and garlic until they start to soften, then add meat and brown.
Add the rest and bring to a boil, lower to a simmer and cook for at least 20 minutes - more if you have time for the flavors to marry.
 Cook 16 oz of pasta (any regular or g/f pasta) in heavily salted water as long as your package says. Drain
and top with sauce and freshly grated parmesan cheese.  Serve with garlic bread - I buttered hotdog buns and topped with garlic powder and then broiled.


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  1. wait..this is what you serve your kids for lunch? lucky kids!! we would call this gravy in my italian family. i love that you put all sorts of veggies in it...nice addition.
    thanks for linking up to Tuesday Night Supper Club!

  2. Only because spaghetti is MY favorite at home meal and my husbands Least fav. so we eat it for lunch when he isn't around.

  3. That spaghetti looks awesome! I agree with Christy, you do have lucky kids and it looks like they're loving it! :)

  4. Julie - thanks! I need to let my kids see your comment ;o)
    We do love our spaghetti!

  5. Christy, I love the idea of adding the anchovy paste to a bolognese. Never thought to do that! Instant flavour.

  6. Can I be one of them, eating this Spaghetti with Meat Sauce? I love this.

  7. Yup. Spaghetti is one of the all-time favorite of all the kids (even grown-up ones) in our family. I should really go eat before I look any further cuz my tummy is roaring! Looks and sounds delish =)

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