Monday, February 28, 2011

The Super Secret Meaty Spaghetti Sauce Recipe!

For the first time I used ground turkey and browned it up to wonderful amazing perfection!

my sauce before stirring the seasons in.
Meat added into sauce and then cooked on low for 5-6 hours in a crock pot.

Special note: if making the following recipe in a crock pot either lower the amount of water or add in more tomato paste. As this was my first time making it in the crock pot so the first serving was a little more watery than desired.

Meat Sauce

2- 12 oz cans Tomato Paste
2 Quarts water 
(if cooking in a crock pot either add one more 12 oz can or 2 cups less water)
2 bay leaves
1 Tbls oregano
1 Tbls Basil
1 Tbls parsley
1 Tbls Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp rosemary
1/8 tsp Special Ingredient
 sliced olives
 mushrooms if desired (I hate fungus but for those that like it)
Grated Parmesan Cheese as a topping right before serving.

Cooking and spicing the meat 

Ground beef or Ground Turkey (1-2 pds)
Garlic powder
onion powder
celery salt
black pepper
Special secret ingredient
crushed red pepper
season all

Cook meat with spices until browned, draining all extra fluids then add meat into sauce.
Cover tightly simmer 2 hours stirring occasionally. Remove cover (if cooking on stove top - if crock potting change fluid ratio and keep lid on.)
cook on low another 2-4 hours stirring occasionally. Remove bay leaves. Cook spaghetti, serve together with cheese.

Makes 3-4 quarts enough for 4 pds of spaghetti. We normally bag up the extra and freeze. 
Freezing tip is to lay out the freezer baggies on a cookie sheet, freeze on cookie sheet in freezer that way it will lay flat and take up less room.

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