Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Crazy Cooking Challenge for March - Spaghetti
Do you have that one go to dish that you really like? I have always loved spaghetti but I never had a special recipe. And can you image that the month we join the Crazy Cooking Challenge, spaghetti is the category. I know, it's like magic.
Here's how it works. You find a blog that has a recipe for what you need to cook. So simple. I looked at a couple that met the requirement but really, I wanted comfort, everyday dinner spaghetti. Cooking a sauce all day on a Sunday did not appeal to me...AT ALL.
Mel's Kitchen Cafe. And found it quite by accident but found it just the same. I sometimes click on the blogs that other bloggers read. At one point, I can have 15 windows open because I just keep on going. Somewhere down the line, I found Mel. She's in Wisconsin raising her 4 boys and taking care of her husband while sharing wonderfully delicious recipes and great looking pictures with us.
Let me share her aunt's recipe that she tweaked. It's even got the best name:
Homemade Spaghetti Sauce - Perfected
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 cups chopped onions - divided
1 red pepper, coarsely chopped
2 pounds hamburger (90% lean)
5 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1- 12 oz can of tomato paste
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon pepper
3 teaspoon dried oregano
3 teaspoon dried basil
1 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
2- 14 oz can Italian style diced tomatoes
2- 28 oz cans crushed tomatoes
1 1/2 cups beef broth
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 bay leaves
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
Heat the oil.
Add 1/2 of the onion.
Saute until translucent.
Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute.
Add the meat and cook through.
Drain if needed.
In food processor, blend the remaining onion and the red pepper until smooth.
Add mixture to the meat.
Add tomato past and spices.
Cook for 1 minute.
Add tomatoes, broth and brown sugar.
Add bay leaves.
Bring to a boil, then reduce to low simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
Fifteen minutes before serving, add balsamic vinegar.
Mel notes that she has let this cook for 3 hours before with no problems. I was hungry and Charlie couldn't stand not eating when the house smelled so good.
What could be better...easy, mostly pantry items, and oh so good. You really need to try this one. Thank you Mel.
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If you would like to join the Crazy Cooking Challenge, visit Tina at Mom's Crazy Cooking.
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Karen and Charlie