In episode 12 of The Wayward Skein, I promised that I would share my recipe for killer spaghetti sauce with all both of you 😉 So here it is. The recipe that prompted two proposals (neither of them from Rob, ironically), and has kept people coming back for more for about 20 years! (suffice to say, I will NEVER be a food photographer…)
Lynne’s Killer Spaghetti Sauce
- 1 large sweet onion, diced
- 4 cloves garlic, diced (or 1.5 Tbsp from a jar)
- 4 stalks celery, diced
- 1 green bell pepper, diced (or 3 jalapenos, finely diced)
- 6 oz (or 1 cup) mushrooms, finely diced
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 8 oz beef sticks, sliced about 1/4″ thick (I prefer Wentzle Farms, but whatever you have is fine, as long as it’s not Teriyaki or some weird thing like that)
- 2 lbs lean ground beef
- 1 106-oz can diced tomatoes (a #10 can) or 3 28-oz cans diced tomatoes
- 1 Tbsp dried basil
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- 1 tsp oregano
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp crushed red peppers
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 12-oz can tomato paste
Open can of diced tomatoes and place in stock pot. Set aside.
In a skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add onions, celery and garlic, and cook until transluscent, about 6 minutes. Add bell peppers (or jalapeno) and mushrooms to skillet. Cook 5 minutes more, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and stir into tomatoes.
Return skillet to low heat. Cook beef stick slices until slightly crisp, approximately 3 minutes. Stir into tomatoes.
Over medium heat, without removing grease from the beef sticks, cook the ground beef. Drain, and stir into tomatoes. Place tomatoes on medium-low heat, and add all spices. Simmer, covered, for 60 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove cover, and stir in tomato paste. Simmer 5-10 minutes more while pasta is cooking, and serve.
This recipe will make enough to feed approximately 20 people, or enough for dinner, and several containers for the freezer (makes approximately 5-6 quarts). And be prepared – if you feed this to people, they may just ask you to marry them!
Amount per serving
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8.7g
Saturated Fat 2.5g
Total Carbohydrate 11.9g
Dietary Fiber 3g
Total Sugars 6.9g
Vitamin D 41mcg
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet.2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Recipe analyzed by verywellfit.com
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