Monday, August 18, 2008

Spaghetti* with Meat Sauce

*For use with any shape of pasta your little heart desires.

1-1.25 lbs good grade ground sirloin (Or ground round, or "extra lean" ground beef. Should be 15% fat or less listed on the label.)

1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic

(Optional, but mom would be happy: chopped zucchini, green pepper, carrot.)

Crushed red pepper

1 jar Classico Tomato & Basil Pasta Sauce
1 can petite diced tomatoes

Brown ground beef in skillet over medium heat, turning & breaking up often. When meat is just about done, add chopped onion & garlic; cook until onion starts to become translucent. Add remaining vegetables to make mom happy. Stir to combine.

Add seasonings to taste. I use the "shake 1-2 tsp" of each EXCEPT crushed red pepper! Use only 1/4 tsp of pepper seeds to start. Use more the next time you make it if you want more fire!!! Blend into meat/veggie mixture.

Add tomatoes & jar of sauce. Stir well; reduce heat to low simmer & allow to cook for 45 minutes to one hour.

Cook desired pasta shape as directed. Serve with mixed green salad & a sprinkle of Parmesan.

The sauce freezes well. However, freeze the sauce only & cook up pasta fresh.

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