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Sunday Suppers with Lunchbox Love – Great Grandma’s Pasta Sauce

This is my go-to dish to make when I’m having lot of people over or someone stops by and I hope they will stay for dinner! Well, that happened today! One of our friends stopped by and we were catching up! Now, I have a tried and true spaghetti sauce recipe that I have been making for my husband for the twelve years but we needed a change! So recently I have “veered from the norm” and this is the recipe I tried tonight. It was so good – even my eight year old was “refreshed”!

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Recipe and Image from Table for Two. I will be trying their Pumpkin Quinoa Parmesan Fritters next!

  • 1 lb  ground beef 
  • 1: 6- oz can tomato paste (I used two because I like thick sauce)
  • 6 oz water
  • 1: 24- oz jar tomato puree (I used a 15 oz. can of Tomato Sauce and a 15 oz. can of Diced Tomatoes)
  • 5-6 cloves garlic, minced (I used only 1 clove)
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar (I used two teaspoons and it was plenty)
  • Pinch of dried oregano
  • Pinch of onion powder
  • Pinch of garlic powder
  • Handful of fresh basil, chopped
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  1. In a large stockpot, saute garlic until soft and fragrant in 2 tbsp. of olive oil, about 2 minutes.
  2. Throw your meat in with the garlic and brown until meat has been thoroughly cooked through, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Pour in the tomato paste, tomato puree, and seasoning, including the fresh basil. Stir to mix well. With the 6 oz. can from the tomato paste, fill that with water and pour it in the stockpot as well.
  4. Let mixture simmer, uncovered, for 2 or more hours (the longer the better, but minimum 2 hours), stirring occasionally.
  5. Serve hot over fresh pasta.

NOTE: I always freeze the leftovers and make another meal out of it later!


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