Classic Spaghetti

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  • Serves: 4 Servings
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cooking: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 20 min

Okay, so I will spare anyone who thinks this is a recipe for an actually "from scratch" spaghetti sauce recipe from reading on... oops, we lied, it's not. BUT, we are sharing with you what has to be one of the most important discoveries of our culinary adventures yet- homemade sauce is not hard to find in the store. I lived for years and years eating Prego and Ragu pasta sauces, never knowing any better. It's red. It's sauce. It's spaghetti sauce. Well, I am hear to tell you now that this is no longer the case and that your deception can be ended! Those may say spaghetti sauce, but they are nothing more than water, tomato paste, and sugar. Today, we share a simple way to take the foundations of a much better store bought sauce and make it into something absolutely delicious.



I must stress this point the most, when you are shopping you have to find a label that has ingredients that look like the image below. Garlic is one of the original preservatives of the ancient world and keeps the sauce perfectly healthy even after weeks on a store's shelf. It doesn't have to match this one exactly, but remember, NO TOMATO PASTE!

Now, let's get started with our mushrooms. In the same way you would start off making Mushroom Bruschetta, cook the mushrooms in 2tbsp of butter on medium-high until the mushrooms create their own sauce. I add copious amounts of black pepper at this point, but its on you to add what you want. If you have it in the house, add about 4tbsp of marsala wine... oh yeah, that is the good stuff!

When the mushrooms are close to ready, reduce the heat to medium and add in your ground beef or ground turkey and cook through stirring constantly. You can keep this recipe 100% vegan as well if you negate the meat at this juncture.

Beef Cooking

While the meat is cooking, boil 3 quarts of salt water in a large pot. Once boiling, add in your noodles and cook until desired doneness. When the meat is done cooking, add in your store bought spaghetti sauce and keep on simmer until the noodles finish.

Mushrooms Finished

You can either plate the noodles and add sauce on top, or you can mix the sauce into the noodles and serve mixed. Either way, this recipe takes about 25 minutes and I promise you, this sauce will match even the best italian restaurants.

Homemade Pasta Finished

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