So without further ado, here is Spaghetti Sauce!
4 26 oz jars or cans of your favorite marinara sauce 4.00
16 oz Italian sausage 2.98
3 lbs ground beef 7.98
1 onion .30
1 green pepper .99
2 celery ribs .20
1 handfull of baby carrots .75
3 garlic cloves .15
Italian spice to taste
1tsp-1Tbsp sugar to taste
In a large pan brown the sausage with the ground beef. Make sure to brown them together so the flavor of the sausage gets all through the meat.
Once the sauce is well mixed and the veggies are soft turn off the heat. Once the sauce has cooled divide into quart size containers and freeze. Now you have a great meat sauce to use on any kind of pasta from macaroni to tortellini. I am planning to use this sauce to make a spaghetti bake to bring to a friend soon. You can also defrost a quart and assemble a great lasagna.
I made 6 quart freezer containers full for $2.89 a quart. Now I have 6 containers of great slow cooked sauce that will dress up any pasta or calzone, but I only had to make my kitchen messy once. Just warm the sauce on the stove and add to any dish. Later I'll post the spaghetti pie/bake when I make one for a friend who is expecting.
This sauce is also great with chopped baby spinach or sliced mushrooms. Just add them with the rest of the veggies before you simmer for an hour. You can use peeled whole carrots for this recipe, but I had baby carrots on hand so I used those. If you stew your own tomatoes you can substitue 4 jars of stewed tomatoes for the jarred marinara. If this recipe is way too big for your family and you do not want to freeze the extra then reduce the meat to one pound of sausage and only use one jar of sauce. Add veggies to your preference. But I like to make several meals at once to save time later!
I hope you enjoy this sauce as much as we do.
Christie aka Keeza