Sunday, June 7, 2009

Blue Plate Monday - Lazy Pasta Sauce

I know a lot of things taste better when they are homemade. I'm sure pasta sauce is one of those things. But honestly, the store bought sauce is probably better than what I can make and it is cheaper too. It does lack "substance" though, so I add my own.

This is one of those recipes that really has no exact amounts. Play it by ear, add more or less of what you want. If you want a larger batch, add more veggies, meat and another jar of sauce.

I always use zucchini, yellow squash, red onion and sliced mushrooms. My family did not like it with green peppers added, so sometimes I will add red, yellow or orange peppers if the price is right. We like sweet Italian sausage, but your family might prefer ground beef. As for the sauce, I buy what ever is on sale and the chunkier the better.

While the meat is browning, slice up the veggies.
Add the veggies and the browned meat to a large pot.

Then pour in the sauce and stir.

Cover the pot with a lid and let it simmer all day long. About an hour before serving, remove the lid and continue to simmer.

Serve sauce hot over your favorite pasta.

One of the best things about this sauce is it makes a lot. From this pot of sauce, Hubs and I had two dinners. I put enough sauce for two into small containers to put into the freezer and I got four containers. Four more meals with nothing to do but boil pasta. My kind of meal.

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Keetha Broyles said...

I do the same thing - - - buy sauce and add my own stuff.

Never thought of adding yellow squash and zucchini though.

My favorite sauce is "Hunts" - - - and I read the label til I find the one with no sugar added. I just don't like sugar in my sauces.

Busy Bee Suz said...

I love this...all the veggies are so yummy and GOOD for us too.
I also think that jar sauce is just as good as homemade and cheaper!!!

Kelly said...

Bea - Looks great! Seems to me this is not only easy but can be made ahead and frozen! I am going to whip up a batch this week! ~Kelly

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