This is a recipe post that I took photos for a while back. I never got around to posting it, tho.
Then Thursday night, in the grocery store while buying replacement milk and beer for the new fridge (essentials, yo) I got the hankering for spaghetti sauce. I bought all the fixins and took them home, and noticed when I walked in the door that the spoiled food smell still hung in the air.
About an hour later, when my dad walked in for dinner, he said "whoa!". I said "does it still smell that bad?" He said, "no, I don't smell anything but GARLIC!".
Yes, it's semi-homemade because I use jarred sauce. But it's pretty no-fail and tastes much better than just the stuff in the jar by itself, and is fine for a week-night meal.
MommieV's Weeknight Spaghetti
I had some help.
This step is optional: finely chop fresh mushrooms, and saute over medium heat until they release their water, then add to the browned ground beef pan.
I use my chopper to make sure they are very fine. If they are as small as the ground beef crumbles, usually folks don't even notice they are there.
Pour a jar of spaghetti sauce over top, add spices, and simmer 30 minutes. I usually use Classico Tomato and Basil, so I only add a little dried basil, and some dried oregano. If you've opened your bottle of red wine, please feel free to add a splash or two, that adds some depth to the flavor.
Boil spaghetti. Serve.
Adaptation: MommieV's Company Spaghetti: add one pound italian sausage when browning the ground beef. You may need one-and-a-half to two jars of sauce then, to make it proper consistency. Also for company, I do homemade garlic bread and I buy the fancy shredded Parmesan and Reggiano cheese at the deli counter.
A certain someone loved this sauce when I took the photos back in March:
Don't forget to recycle the jar (I have no idea why I took that photo.)
What is Italian for YUM?