Wednesday, June 17, 2009


making tomato sauce: cooking it downImage by Andrew Huff via Flickr

In our family our traditional get together meal is Spaghetti. When we had a family reunion in Denver (the halfway point for Det and LA) We brought an electric frying pan and plugged it in the hotel room and mom made our traditional dinner for us. When Melody lived with us, she asked me to make it for her on her brother's birthday. It is our comfort. It is also EASY!

Now for those of you who do not know and love my family (and hey, why don't you?), you know that we are plain and simple people, so feel free to expound on this recipe in many ways.

Three main ingredients:
Ground Beef
Tomato Sauce
Tomato Paste

There are no exact measurements. I usually use about 3 pounds of ground beef, to 2-3 large cans of tomato sauce and 1 small can of tomato paste. Brown the beef, add the sauce, bring to a boil and let simmer for as many hours as you can. this is where my mom would add water throughout the day to keep the simmer going longer, personally I would rather add more sauce but I am less frugal than she. ABout a half hour to an hour before serving add the paste to thicken.

Add vegetables of choice, you could cook onions in with the beef, I enjoy adding roasted garlic and some oregano. You could even use ground soy crumbles and or go meatless with vegetables only. THat is the beauty of the simplicity of this recipe.

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