Our Family’s Favorite Pasta Sauce
How do I get my family to eat onions, bell peppers, mushrooms, tomatoes, and sometimes even carrots in one meal? With a hearty pasta sauce that is meaty enough to satisfy my husband and tasty enough that my kids think vegetables are delicious. This is just as good on spaghetti squash as it is traditional spaghetti. It’s easy, homemade, and full of real food that you can feel good about feeding your family. Get out your stock pot, and make this BIG batch of spaghetti sauce – some for dinner tonight and some to freeze for quick dinners on future nights.
I’ll admit, this recipe takes some time. It simmers for quite a while. But that’s pretty much all you have to do once you get it started.
It makes a FULL stockpot of spaghetti sauce, so you can freeze what you don’t use the first night and have it ready for the next time you need a quick meal.
A word about personalizing your recipe to fit your family:
I don’t list carrots in the ingredients but sometimes I’ll finely grate one and add it in. Also, my husband doesn’t like mushrooms like my kids and I do, so sometimes I leave them out. Really, you can add or subtract the bell peppers, mushrooms and carrots as you wish. Personalize it!
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|Prep Time||30 minutes|
|Cook Time||2 hours|
- 4 strips bacon
- 4 pounds ground beef
- 1 1/2 onions large
- 2 large green bell peppers
- 1/2 pound fresh mushrooms, sliced
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic (a heaping tablespoon)
- 3 - 28 oz. cans diced tomatoes
- 1 - 6 oz. can tomato paste
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 Tablespoons honey you can add more at the end if you want it sweeter
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
- 1 Tablespoon dried oregano
- 1 Tablespoon dried basil
- 1 teaspoon celery salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne powder
- In a large stock pot, cook bacon until almost crisp. Crumble in the ground beef and brown.
- When the beef is browned all the way and the vegetables are tender, add the remaining ingredients. Stir to combine and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat to a simmer and continue simmering uncovered for 2 hours. Stir occasionally to prevent burning on the bottom.
- Serve with your favorite pasta. It's also delicious with spaghetti squash.
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