Enhance That Jar of Spaghetti Sauce Recipe
Using a jar of prepared spaghetti sauce, this recipe adds ground beef, onion, bell pepper, wine, and spices to help elevate your pasta sauce, as well as stretch it into more servings.
I love the principal here and that's to take any jar of pasta sauce and doctor it to something approximating homemade. I used Tomato sauce instead of paste,added Italian seasoning and a bit of brown sugar to counter the acidity. As per another website, I also added a pat of butter at the very end - it's supposed to smooth out the sauce and help eliminate acidity. To put this recipe to a real test, I bought the store's cheapest pasta sauce. The end result is really great. The benefit of going this route rather than the 'totally from scratch' route, is a shorter cooking time, and, really, a more reliable end product. I would use this for company any time.
I have done this for years when I was a working Mother and wanted a good sauce without going for homemade. The only difference in mine is that I don't add the bell peppers, oregano (not a fan) or rosemary to the jarred sauce. I add one can of diced tomatoes, the red wine, fresh basil, onion (It can be dried, but I usually chop a fresh one) mushrooms, and a couple squeezes of tomato paste. Also add a bit of sugar, after tasting. The red wine gives it a richness and flavor level that is delicious, but you can leave it out, if preferred. I use either ground beef, or sometimes cooked italian sausage, sliced. This whole process takes 10 minutes, tops. To the complainers who said this takes almost as long as homemade, you either didn't try it or you chop very slowly, plus homemade needs to simmer for quite some time to blend the flavors. This is quick and delicious. Try it, you'll like it.
When the kids were young and I was working full time, I made a version that the kids still call "Hurry Up Spaghetti." Serve over spaghetti squash and you have a healthy alternative to canned spaghetti (which I secretly love!).
My family loved it! I do make my own sauce from scratch and we do like that better but we all thought this was a great substitute for a quick weeknight dinner. I used some sauce I got on sale, got pre sliced mushrooms, garlic from a jar and dried minced onions so there was no chopping at all. got it cooking before I did the noodles so it had a little time to simmer and it turned out great. thanks for the idea!
Delicious, this was my third time making it, my family loves it
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