From the blog: I know I left y'all with a cliffhanger yesterday, so, for those of y'all on the edge of your seat wondering if my pot roast last night was a bust or not (and I know there's oh so many of you), it was pretty good. I think it could have used a little more salt & pepper. BUT, it was not tough at all, so that's a good thing. That seems to be the most consistent way I screw up a roast.
On to today.
Okay. I decided to start supper early today for one reason and one reason alone. See, I'm actually a photographer, and I only have good light in my house for photos during the day...
RECIPE: My Mama's & Gramma's Traditional Meat Sauce
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 1 package of Pederson's Natural Farms No Sugar Italian Ground Sausage
- 1 6 oz. can of tomato paste (Check the label for added sugar. Or don't, but it's really a pretty simple change to make.)
- 1 14.5 oz. can of petite diced tomatoes (Again, check the label.)
- 1 14.5 oz. can of crushed tomatoes (Or, if you live in a tiny town like me where there is literally not one single 14.5oz can of crushed tomatoes sold, you can always buy a bigger 28oz can instead. Only thing... you'll have more sauce than pasta.)
- 1 tablespoons Italian seasoning (Really, y'all, I never measure this. I just dump it in. I tried super hard to get a measurement for y'all, and this is my best guess. But, it's really just a "to taste" thing.)
- 1 box Explore Cuisines Organic Black Bean Spaghetti, cooked according to package directions.
- Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to a large pot.
- Add diced onions and cook over medium heat until they start to become a little translucent.
- Add Pederson's No Sugar Italian Ground Sausage to the pot. Use a wooden spoon to break it into little chunks. Continue to stir occasionally until sausage is cooked through.
- Stir in tomato paste to combine with onions and sausage.
- Pour in crushed tomatoes and petite diced tomatoes. Stir.
- Add Italian seasoning, to taste. Stir.
- Cover and simmer over low heat stirring occasionally until ready to serve.
- Top cooked Explore Cuisines Organic Black Bean Spaghetti with desired amount of sauce.
- Eat & know that you're doing so much better than if you'd made that pasta with regular ol' pasta and sugar filled sausage and tomatoes!
- -If you like your sauce thinner, use tomato sauce instead of crushed tomatoes.
- -If you like your sauce chunkier, use regular ol' diced tomatoes instead of petite diced.
- -If the sauce is too bold & tomato-ey to you, ease up on the paste. (I would definitely suggest NOT leaving all the paste, though! Seriously... 1/2 can minimum. Please promise me that?)
- You can use any combination of tomatoes (petite diced, diced, crushed, or sauce, and it'll be totally fine. Believe me... I can't remember what I use or the quantities from time to time, but it always turns out great!
- -If you're super ambitious, make the whole dang thing from scratch!