Easy Homemade Spaghetti Sauce with Veggies

by Kristi on March 10, 2010 · 3 comments

I had a little cooking bug last weekend. I don’t usually do that but I was going to the store and couldn’t think of what to make for dinner  and I went searching on AllRecipes.com and got lost.  Most of the recipes seemed a little hard for me, plus many of them just had bad ingredients that I couldn’t eat. 🙁 So I was thinking about spaghetti sauce.  It has onions and garlic in it but I was thinking if I didn’t do so much of those ingredients I would be fine so I decided to try it.

It was fabulous! I’m so in love with throwing this stuff in the pot, having it simmer, and come out so tasty at the end. Yummers! I do think some of the ingredients were bad for me though so I will have to play with it.  I’m still not sure if I can eat meat and be okay, or if it was all the garlic salt and chopped onions I put in.  Or it could have been something entirely different that I ate over the weekend. I hate my diet. 🙂 On the happy weight news, I’m still pretty damn low and saw someone I haven’t seen for about a year yesterday and they said, ‘Wow! You look GREAT! Have you lost weight?’  Um, yes, yes I have! Thank you very much!

The even BETTER news was…. GRIFFIN ATE THE WHOLE THING.  And then he ate his sisters.  I swear, why won’t he eat when he is starving? He waits for something tasty and then gobbles it.  I might have to make a huge batch every week and feed it to him every night.

The Ingredients to my Easy Homemade Spaghetti Sauce with Veggies:

1 pound lean ground beef
1/4 cup chopped onion
2 (14.5 ounce) cans tomato sauce
1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon dried oregano
Handful of mushrooms, enough to satisfy me
Slices of zucchini cut up into small small pieces. Chopped you might say.
Slices of yellow squash, cut up.
In a large saucepan over medium heat, cook ground beef with onion until brown; drain. Stir tomatoes, tomato paste, sugar, garlic powder, oregano and mushrooms & veggies into beef mixture. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer one hour. Serve over hot pasta.

I was going off of two different recipes so it’s slightly random.  It also called for a tablespoon of basil but I didn’t have that but other recipes called for sugar, so I added sugar instead.  I prefer thick sauce so I might do more tomato paste next time.  I was so amazed that with the tiny chopped up veggies just evaporated into the sauce after an hour of simmering time.  They were there though! My kids ate them!

We also served this over wheat pasta.

Enjoy! Leave a comment below if you have a better homemade spaghetti sauce that you serve at home. I’d love to hear it.

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1 Angela March 10, 2010 at 4:37 pm

okay, can i just tell you that i’ve been wanting a homemade spaghetti sauce recipe for the longest time, but haven’t wanted to search for one? THANK YOU for doing the work for me! i’m sooo making this for dinner tonight, it sounds amazing!

2 Joanna March 10, 2010 at 5:03 pm

YUM! I love allrecipes.com! Going to have to give this a try soon!

3 Kristi March 14, 2010 at 7:24 am

I made this again last night and it was yummy. Putting a 2nd thing of tomato paste in was a bad idea though. Better with only one!

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