I haven’t bought pasta sauce in years. Why? Making your own is easy and cheap! My husband loves pasta and meat sauce so after a lot of experimentation and throwing ingredients together I’ve settled on the recipe. This is a great recipe for those meat lovers in your family, and it only takes about half an hour to prepare! Win-win!
- 1lb ground beef (grass fed, organic is best! You can also substitute ground turkey or chicken)
- 1/2 medium sized onion (or to taste) chopped
- 1 6oz (the small cans) can of tomato paste
- 1 15oz can of tomato sauce or strained tomatoes
- 1tsp Italian herb mix (or equal parts oregano, parsley and basil – or just basil)
- pinch of salt & pepper
- 1 tbsp Worcester sauce
- 1/3 cup water
- 1-2 cloves garlic chopped
- 1tbsp ketchup
- Brown the beef in a large pot. If your beef is fatty, skim off extra fat and discard.
- Add garlic and onion to beef and saute onions until translucent.
- Add remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly.
- Simmer sauce at least 10-15 min. The longer the sauce simmers the more the flavors will combine, just keep an eye on it and add more water as needed to maintain a saucy consistency if you plan on simmering for a long time (like while waiting for a husband to be home when he has no idea when he will be home).
- Serve with cooked pasta of your choice. Elbows is a favorite in our household, but any pasta will do!
I make this recipe weekly in my house. Feel free to add or remove ingredients from it to fit your tastes. I hate chunks of tomatoes so I opt for using sauce instead of chunkier varieties of tomatoes. However, if you prefer, use them instead of sauce. This recipe is very forgiving, so give it a try! Vegetarian? Leave out the meat and you have a nice sauce for any pasta. Like sausage? Use that instead of ground beef!