This week’s recipe comes from Healthy and Easy Recipes, which is where I get a TON of my favorite recipes.
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 TBSP grape seed oil
1 28 oz. can diced tomatoes
2 (6 oz) cans tomato paste
2 tsp. dried basil
2 tsp. dried oregano
2 bay leaves
1 tsp. sugar
1/2 cup red wine
2 lbs. ground meat (turkey or beef)
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In a large pot, add your grape seed oil and onion and saute for 2 minutes, then add your minced garlic and let that saute for another minute. Add your ground meat, turkey or beef, season it with salt and pepper and let it brown (I continually break up my meat because I like it really fine in this dish verses big chunks. If you are using beef, drain the fat once it’s cooked before adding more ingredients.) Next, add everything else, stir well and let simmer for at least an hour- up to 3 if you have the time. You can also make this in the crock pot by following the same directions- still saute your onion and garlic and cook your meat on the stove- then add everything else to the crock pot to simmer all day long. Either way you choose to cook it, if it gets too thick, you may add up to a cup of water- but start at increments of 1/4 cup until you reach the consistency that you like. One last tip- I don’t care for big chunks of tomatoes in this recipe, so I dump the can of diced tomatoes into my Vitamix for a few seconds to get them chopped even finer- and it’s perfect!
Here are my thoughts on the recipe:
Ease of preparation:
This one was easy to put together, but it took some time to let it cook. Next time I think I might try the crock pot version.
I liked this marinara sauce, and it was definitely meaty. For some reason I decided to half the recipe, because I thought 2 pounds of beef would make a lot…and didn’t think about how that would actually be nice because I could freeze half and have a meal ready to go sometime in the future. Anyway, since I halved the recipe I only used a small can of diced tomatoes, but ended up adding in another can because I wanted it a little more saucy…but even with that extra can it was still really meaty. So…all that to say, if you like your sauce meaty, this is the sauce for you, and if not…just add in extra diced tomatoes.
He liked it and was glad to have some beef since I rarely cook with beef.
Would you have it again?
Yes, I want to try it in the crock pot next time.
Did you omit or add anything?
How did you serve it?
Over whole wheat spaghetti, with some garlic bread on the side. Yum!
Would you change anything next time?
I would make the whole recipe and not half it so that I could freeze some for a meal later in the month.
Next Week’s Recipe:
This week I’m going to try these One-Bowl Oatmeal Muffins from Simple Bites as a special Valentine’s breakfast treat for the family. I like that this is a basic muffin recipe and then she gives a whole bunch of different flavor combinations for the add-ins. I think I’m going to do raspberry and coconut since I’m making them for Valentine’s Day. Check out the post because there are tips on how to make the best muffins ever, along with the list of ideas for flavors to try. Which flavor sounds best to you?