Easy Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

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This meaty Bolognese recipe will be the perfect sauce for your pasta or lasagne recipes because it contains herbs like basil and oregano, as well as an abundance of chopped veggies. If you are often in a pinch for time and resort to canned spaghetti sauce, you will love this easy homemade spaghetti sauce recipe because it makes a lot of sauce, which you can store in the freezer for later meals. Leftover spaghetti sauce is an excellent food to have available for future meals because you can use it in many dishes from sweet and sour meatballs to baked chicken. Even consider preparing an eggplant or polenta parmigiana with this sauce spooned over the top for an easy weeknight dinner.If you have time on a weekend to prepare some large-batch recipes for the week to come, this tomato and beef spaghetti sauce recipe will be a good choice. All you have to do is brown your meat, add you veggies to cook through and then finish with the herbs and tomatoes. Since this homemade spaghetti sauce uses tinned tomatoes, it benefits from a long cook time to get rid of the overly acidic taste you can get from canned foods. The best thing is that you can put the sauce on low and slow, however, so there will be no reason you have to keep an overly watchful eye while it cooks. Just make sure to stir the sauce a few times in the hour to ensure it cooks evenly and doesn’t burn on the bottom.

There are so many variations of tomato sauce recipes, from spicy ones to vegetarian ones. If you are eating vegetarian, there is no reason you can’t make this tomato sauce recipe. Rather than using the two pounds of ground beef, you could resort to an equivalent amount of lentils, which would add a meaty quality to your sauce. If you make a lentil tomato sauce recipe, you will want to use a firm lentil, like green ones, which will be able to hold up to the long cooking time without disintegrating. Dried green lentils will be able to hold up to the hour-long simmer time and still be able to hold their shapes. Simply skip the meat-browning step and starting by sautéing the vegetables. Then, when you add your sauce ingredients, you can stir in the lentils as well.

Even if you are a meat eater, lentils would be an excellent addition to your diet if you are trying to eat a little healthier, because they are very high in dietary fiber at over 15 gram of your daily recommended intake per one cup. They are also high in phosphorus, manganese, and iron, which means they make a fitting choice for multiple meals throughout the week.No matter what you choose to do with this sauce recipe, it is incredibly versatile, because you can switch up the ground meat or swap in a meatless substitute. You can even change up the vegetables if you prefer red bell pepper rather than green or dislike mushrooms. Thank you to Sheryl, the author of the ‘Lady Behind the Curtain’ recipe blog, for sharing her easy homemade spaghetti sauce recipe with us.

Nutrition Facts for: Easy Homemade Spaghetti Sauce from Lady Behind the Curtain
Ingredients: Ground beef, salt, pepper, green bell pepper, white mushrooms, garlic cloves, tomato paste, tomato sauce, bay laves, dried basil, dried oregano, black olives, parsley.
* The entire recipe has been calculated for 9 servings. * Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet* Per Serving: Calories 276, Calories from Fat 73, Total Fat 8.1g 12%, Saturated Fat 2.6g 13%, Cholesterol 90mg 30%, Sodium 1458mg 61%, Potassium 1263mg 36%, Carbohydrates 17.3g 6%, Dietary Fiber 4.7g 19%, Sugars 10.8g, Protein 34.9g, Vitamin A 29%, Vitamin C 63%, Calcium 5%, Iron 126%

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