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Jenny Sanders's Note:
My parents got divorced when I was 12, and so began the tradition of "Spaghetti Night", which was every Monday when my father did not get home until 6:00 p.m. I was put in charge of making dinner - always spaghetti. I started off with frying up meat and onions, and adding a bottle of commercial spaghetti sauce. Over the years, it's evolved, quite a lot, to include a more generous quantity of vegetables, and to allow for the fact that I started to can my own tomatoes. It still appears on the table almost once a week though... This is not a thick, rich sauce. It's more chunky and a little soupy from the home-canned tomatoes. I tend to serve it with a stubby style of pasta, so I can eat it with a spoon.
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- 1 medium onion
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil (optional)
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 large carrot
- 1 large zucchini
- 1 pepper (I use cubanelle or banana peppers) (optional)
- 2 cups quartered button mushrooms (optional)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon basil
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 4 cups crushed tomatoes
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 tablespoon Tabasco sauce (optional)
- 1Set a large pot of salted water on to boil, and prepare the desired amount of pasta.
- 2Meanwhile, peel and chop the onion and garlic.
- 3Peel and grate the carrot; grate the zucchini.
- 4Prepare the mushrooms and pepper if using.
- 5Put the meat in a very large skillet, with the oil if the meat is very lean, and fry, breaking it up into small bits, until browned.
- 6When it is half done, add the onion, and continue cooking until there is not any red left in the meat and the onion is translucent.
- 7Stir the garlic into the meat for a minute, then add the grated carrot and zucchini, and the pepper and mushrooms if using. Mix well.
- 8Continue cooking, stirring frequently for a few minutes until the vegetables are soft. Season with the salt, basil and oregano.
- 9Mix in the crushed tomatoes and the tomato paste.
- 10Reduce the heat and simmer until well amalgamated.
- 11Mix in the Tabasco sauce, and serve over hot pasta.
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Nutritional Facts for Homestyle Pasta Sauce
Serving Size: 1 (292 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 4
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 352.6
- Calories from Fat 159
- Total Fat 17.6 g
- Saturated Fat 6.7 g
- Cholesterol 77.1 mg
- Sodium 1016.9 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 25.7 g
- Dietary Fiber 5.8 g
- Sugars 14.1 g
- Protein 25.0 g
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