If you were to ask my six year old what he wanted for dinner, he would tell you, without even taking time to think, “Noodles and sauce!” He would also be quick to tell you that it is his FAVORITE food. He will pretty much eat it any time and will often ask to have it for breakfast. (And I’ll tell you another one of my secrets, I let him! It’s far better than sugar laden cereal.)
I’m part Italian by heritage so you know I have to live up to that and have a good sauce up my sleeve. Since I’ve gotten several requests for a recipe I realized I don’t really have a recipe. So, I’ll call this a tutorial or a guideline.
** After enough requests, I finally measured and can write a RECIPE for the sauce. Ask and you shall receive.
The amount for this recipe is enough for more than one meal and it freezes nicely. You’ll love have a stash of homemade sauce in the store.
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- 2 large onions chopped
- 6-10 cloves of chopped garlic
- ½ stick of butter
- 2 tbsp. of olive oil
- 1 pounds of ground beef
- 2 small cans of tomato paste
- 2-32 ounce jars of tomato juice (Or 1 can of juice and 1 can of whole tomatoes for chunky style)
- a pinch of nutmeg
- 2-4 tbsp. of oregano
- 2-4 tbsp. of basil
- sea salt and pepper to taste
- Place butter and oil in a large pan with the onions and garlic
- Cook on low until the onions and garlic are a nice golden brown
- Add the ground beef and cook until brown. (Salt and pepper as you like)
- Once the meat is cooked, add the tomato paste and stir until the meat and onions are covered
- Add tomato juice and stir until the paste is mixed in.
- Add the seasonings and let simmer on low.
- Taste and salt and pepper as needed
To make life a little easier, I use this handy dandy gadget as it chops everything up to the same size. I put the garlic through twice and it’s perfect! (It can be a tab bit of a pain to clean but it comes with a little comb that helps!) For onions, I like to slice before I put them through.
I don’t add sweetener to my sauce because I use home canned tomatoes and the flavor is perfect. If you are using store bought juice and tomatoes they some times are not as sweet, so add a touch of sweetener. (If you are not on the Trim Healthy Mama plan, I suggest using maple syrup. You won’t taste it but it deepens the flavor)
We serve our sauce over gluten free pasta or for me, spaghetti squash. If you get tired of a meat sauce, trying adding this yummy gluten-free meatballs to the dish.
Top this sauce with Parmesan cheese and it will be perfect. If you have never tried it, please go get a brick of real parm and grate it yourself. It is so worth it over that green can. I know it seems pricey but you use so much less.
I hope you enjoy the sauce. Even if it isn’t something you do all the time, it’s always good to have a good, homemade sauce recipe up your sleeve.