Friday, June 8, 2012

Spaghetti Sauce

This is for Deb at Kicking Corners.  My go to comfort food is a combination of the spaghetti sauce of my childhood and my adult self needing to cut back on some sodium.  Not all of the sodium (because I need the black olives in my sauce) but I did cut back some!

You will need:
1/2 pound of lean ground beef
1 c chopped onions
2 tablespoons minced garlic (I'm lazy and use a jar from the fridge instead of doing my own mincing)
2 (14 1/2 oz) cans no salt added diced tomatoes, undrained + one can of water
6 oz can no salt added tomato paste + one can of water
6 oz can black olives, any size, undrained
4 oz no salt added sliced mushrooms, undrained
2 bay leaves
1/4 tsp salt (or more if sodium isn't a worry!)
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried basil
splash of red wine vinegar

Saute beef, onions and garlic over med high heat until the meat is no longer pink, 10-12 minutes, stirring frequently.  Drain beef.  Wipe pot with paper towels.

Add tomatoes and juice, mushrooms and juice, tomato paste, water measured in cans and pour the olive juice (sans olives) into pan over med high heat.  Cut olives in half (except one, I always drop one whole one in and the kids love to be the lucky one to find it), add to sauce.  Add all the seasonings.  Stir to mix well, bring to a boil.

Reduce heat and simmer, covered or uncovered (just depends on how clean you like your stove top) for 2-3 hours, stirring occasionally.

And that is all there is to it!


  1. I was just looking up spaghetti sauce recipes today. Yours sounds great!

  2. Now I'm hungry!!

    Ps there is nothing lazy about using the pre minced garlic, you don't look a gift horse in the mouth (or at least I don't!)xx

    1. Thanks! When making something from scratch, I'm always okay with shortcuts! And mincing garlic is not my idea of fun so I am very thankful the jars.

  3. Oh yum. My favorite part is that you simmer it for 2-3 hours. I'm so excited for my house to smell like this...and you know how the scent just gets better and roomier the longer it's bubbling?

    Yes, just the thing for Sunday night dinner. Thanks!

    1. That's it exactly! The way the wonderful scent drifts through the whole house, filling us with longing....those are my favorite kind of dinners!