Spaghetti with Meat Sauce
A family favorite, this thick and rich sauce is full of flavor and sure to please everyone
- 1 lb ground beef ground chicken or turkey also taste great
- 1 small onion, diced
- 1 cup sweet peppers, diced use a mix of green, red, yellow & orange
- 3/4 cup mushrooms optional
- 2 Tbsp onion soup mix
- 1-680 ml can tomato sauce
- 1-156 ml can tomato paste
- 1- 796 ml can diced tomatoes
- 1 Tbsp dried thyme
- 1 Tbsp dried oregano
- 1 Tbsp dried basil
- 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- salt & pepper to taste
- 4 oz whole-wheat spaghetti noodles
In a large sauce pan, over medium heat, brown ground beef until no pink is remaining. Add onions and peppers, saute until onions are translucent and peppers have softened. Next add the mushrooms if desired and saute another minute.
Add the onion soup mix. stir to combine. Add the diced tomatoes and tomato sauce. Let flavors simmer together for another few minutes.
Season sauce with Thyme, Oregano, Basil and Salt & Pepper. Bring sauce just to a boil and add Tomato paste. Turn heat down and simmer the sauce for at least 15 minutes so the flavors of the herbs really have time to simmer into the sauce. The longer the sauce is left to simmer the better the flavor.
While sauce is simmering cook pasta as directed on package
You may substitute ground beef with your choice of meat or meat replacement. I have used Ground Turkey and Ground Bison to make this recipe, I also quite often use a combination of Ground beef & pork. I'm sure if you wanted to make this recipe vegetarian you could easily swap for your favorite meat replacement of choice
The meat sauce is also really good served on Spaghetti Squash or on zucchini noodles as an alternative to pasta noodles.