Homemade Spicy Spaghetti Sauce and a chill in the air go together like two peas in a pod (or two kids in a sleeping bag.)
Nothing like a cloudy day to turn my heart and mind towards a good homemade spaghetti sauce. I tore this recipe–Spicy Spaghetti–out of an small magazine when first married, and I found it in my “pasta” file this morning after dreaming about it all last night. I’m still a person-who-likes-paper and my favorite recipes find their way (usually) into a proper file folder. Don’t be afraid of the word “spicy” – it only calls for 1/8 t. crushed red pepper and you can always leave it out.
If it’s under 70 degrees, it’s time for homemade spaghetti sauce. My friend, Melissa, just learned out to make homemade pasta. We may need to get together and share our wares.
- ½ lb. ground chicken or turkey or hamburger
- ½ lb. Italian sausage
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 green pepper, diced
- 1 28 oz. can diced tomatoes,
- 1 6 oz. tomato paste
- 1 bay leaf
- ½ t. sugar
- 1 t. salt
- ½ t. fennel seed, crushed (opt.)
- ½ t. basil leaves
- ¼ t. marjoram leaves (I used Italian seasoning with marjoram included)
- ¼ t. thyme leaves
- ⅛ t. oregano leaves
- ⅛ t. crushed red pepper
- Brown and drain meats
- Saute onion and green pepper in olive oil or with meats
- Return to Dutch oven and add the remaining ingredients
- Bring to boil, and reduce heat
- Add lid and simmer 30 minutes
- Serve over cooked, drained pasta or zoodles
This recipe didn’t call for vegetables, but I added onion and green pepper and some black olives. I often will add grated zucchini to sneak in some nutrients, but tonight I’ll use my spiralizer for zoodles in the interest of good behavior. (And since I just ate two cookies leftover from Christmas.)
Mary Grace put together a beautiful little herb garden for me I keep in my window, so I used some fresh herbs in place of the dried. Rule of thumb is 1 to 3, using three times as much of the fresh herbs. I picked up a pair of “herb scissors” at Mission Thrift which make me feel like I’m in Italy for some reason.
I went ahead and browned a pound each of the sausage and chicken and after draining, bagged up half for a future chilly day. So much easier when step one is already in the bag. (Stuffed calzone on the tarmac. Stay tuned.)
Add a green salad and warmed bread on the side and you won’t feel chilly anymore.
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