Quick and Easy Spaghetti with Meat Sauce
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- Ready In:
- 1 (32 ounce) can tomato sauce
- 1 (15 ounce) can chopped tomatoes
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, mashed
- 1 red pepper, chopped
- 1⁄2 green pepper, chopped
- 1 lb ground beef or 1 lb chicken
- 1⁄4 cup chopped parsley
- 1 tablespoon dried basil
- 1 1⁄2 tablespoons oregano
- 3⁄4 teaspoon thyme
- 1 beef double bouillon cubes (Knorr)
- salt and pepper
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1⁄2 cup red wine (optional)
- 1 lb spaghetti noodles, cooked according to package directions
- Heat olive oil in a shallow soup pot.
- Sauteé garlic until golden, then add onions and peppers.
- Sauteé until onions are starting to become translucent, then add beef, and season with salt and pepper.
- Brown until cooked through (about 10-15 minutes).
- Drain grease.
- Add wine (if using) and allow to cook for a couple of minutes.
- Add tomato sauce, tomatoes, boullion cube, parsley, oregano, thyme and basil, salt and pepper and sugar.
- Stir to combine and bring to a boil.
- Boil for about 1 minute then reduce heat to med-low and simmer 20 minutes.
- Serve over spaghetti, top with parmesan cheese and serve with crusty french bread.
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This is a very nice sauce and was very easy to prepare, as well as very quick. The directions were very clear and accurate. The taste was good, but didn't quite suit our tastes. I felt the peppers and the thyme were very pronounced, and even though I love those two ingredients, they overwhelmed the sauce for me. This, unfortunately didn't go over as well with my family as I had hoped.
This is a really good sauce. I used red and green bell peppers, left out the bouillon cube because of some other reviews and the saltiness, used dried parsley, fresh basil and didn't have any dark wine so I used White Zin. It was thick and the flavor was very good. I will definitely make this again.
This was really good and I cook this probably on a weekly basis. One thing I do have to point out is I would definitely leave out the beef bouillon cube. The first time I made this, I put this in and it tasted way too salty. Also, I cut down on the oregano, again, gave the flavor of being too salty. Also, I cook the onions and garlic in about a tbsp of bacon fat and that gives it an awesome kick. After I made these few adjustments, it was really good!
My family enjoyed it very much. I usually use jar sauce because i'm pressed for time, but tonight as I was cooking noodles, I discovered I didn't have any. I jumped on Recipezaar and found this. It beats jar any day. I added about a 1/4 cup ketchup, and omitted the peppers and it still came out great! Thanks for sharing