Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

Mamma Mia! That’s a spicy meatball! (Spoken in my best Italian accent, of course.)

Spaghetti. Such a classic Italian dish. There’s nothing that screams comfort food more to me than a big bowl of spaghetti. My mom made spaghetti often growing up and I attended lots of spaghetti dinners during my high school soccer days. And then in college (and for awhile afterwards!), spaghetti was a cheap filling meal I could actually afford.

Spaghetti with meat sauce. Spaghetti with tomato sauce. Spaghetti with pesto. Spaghetti with Italian sausage. Spaghetti with *gasp* alfredo sauce. There are lots of delicious ways to enjoy spaghetti noodles (or pasta noodles for that matter!).

Did you know that thinner noodles work better for thinner sauces, while thicker noodles are best suited for thick creamy sauces? Now you know!

So what’s my favorite spaghetti noodle and sauce combination?

Spaghetti with meat sauce.

Why?

It’s just as hearty as meatballs, but with less work. That sounds lazy, doesn’t it? Yep, that’s me! I want as little of work as possible when it comes down to a delicious bowl of spaghetti. :)

Most store-bought sauce is all-natural, however, is usually in the form of marinara. And in my opinion, kind of bland. I like hearty, thick, bursting-with-flavor spaghetti sauce. Not to mention I don’t trust the meat in those store-bought sauces. I like buying my beef grass-fed and organic. It tastes so much better, and I just feel better eating animals I know were raised humanely.

The only problem with homemade spaghetti sauce?

It usually needs to simmer for a loooong time.

Not anymore my friends. Not anymore. This sauce was done within an hour. And it is sooooo good.

Enjoy over a steaming pot of spaghetti noodles. Or whatever noodles you fancy. We used fresh pappardelle noodles from Costco. We’ve also used gluten-free, quinoa, and whole wheat. The pastabilities are endless! Get it?

I crack myself up. :)

Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

Ingredients:

1 lb ground beef (preferably grass-fed)

1/2 onion, diced

4-5 garlic cloves, minced (I like it extra garlicky but feel free to use less!)

1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes (crushed would work well too)

1 can (14.5 oz) tomato sauce

2 TBSP tomato paste

1/4 cup red wine

2 TBSP Italian seasonings (or use a mix of basil, parsley, oregano)

1 TBSP brown sugar

red pepper flakes, to taste

salt and pepper, to taste

1 cup water

1 lb. thin spaghetti

Directions: 

Brown meat in large pot over medium heat. Drain fat. Return to pan.

Add in onions and sauté until softened.

Add in garlic, spices, salt, pepper, brown sugar, red pepper flakes. Sauté until fragrant (about 30 seconds).

Add in tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce, and water.

Barely bring to a boil. Add in red wine.

Reduce to a simmer and simmer until sauce has reached desired thickness (between 30-45 minutes).

Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.

Serve over your favorite pasta noodles and top with parmesan cheese.

Enjoy!

Quick Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

Quick Spaghetti with Meat Sauce
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Serves: 4-6
 
Quick and delicious spaghetti with meat sauce
Ingredients
  • 1 lb ground beef (preferably grass-fed)
  • ½ onion, diced
  • 4-5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes (crushed would work as well)
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) tomato sauce
  • 2 TBSP tomato paste
  • ¼ cup red wine
  • 2 TBSP Italian seasonings (or use a mix of basil, parsley, oregano)
  • 1 TBSP brown sugar
  • red pepper flakes, to taste
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 lb. thin spaghetti
Instructions
  1. Brown meat in large pot over medium heat. Drain fat.
  2. Add in onions and sauté until softened.
  3. Add in garlic, spices, salt, pepper, brown sugar, red pepper flakes. Sauté until fragrant (about 30 seconds).
  4. Add in tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce, and water.
  5. Barely bring to a boil. Add in red wine.
  6. Reduce to a simmer and simmer until sauce has reached desired thickness.
  7. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.
  8. Serve over your favorite pasta noodles and top with parmesan cheese.
  9. Enjoy!

 What are your favorite childhood dishes?

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