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This recipe makes a ginormous batch of traditional meat sauce. I use a 6 qt pot and it fills it to the tip top (unless, as in the picture above, I forgot to buy mushrooms and wine. Then there’s less sauce, and also a little less happiness.)
I make this sauce at the beginning of a really busy week; our family of 10 can usually get three meals out of it, plus some random lunch servings, remembering that some are little and 3 don’t like sauce and are allowed to eat plain pasta and carrot sticks. Everyone else loves it enough to eat it multiple times, so I just leave the sauce in the enameled pot (I have this one ~affiliate link~) in the fridge and stick it back on the stove to reheat another day. The flavor just gets better with age.
Within a certain limit, of course.
If your family is smaller and/or won’t eat spaghetti three times in one week, or you aren’t hosting a large dinner party, this one freezes well.
Don’t be afraid of the long prep time. It only takes me about 30 minutes to get it in the pot, and that’s with kiddos underfoot. The rest is simmering, and the three hour simmer is not strictly necessary. I have served it with as little as one hour simmering, and it was fine.
To make this THM-compliant (S), just omit the wine and use stevia for the sweetener.
Big Batch Spaghetti Sauce with THM S Option
A traditional meat sauce for a crowd.
Credit – www.greencatholicburrow.com
- 2 (or more) lbs ground beef
- 1 onion
- 1 green pepper
- 8 0z sliced mushrooms, washed
- heaping teaspoon minced garlic
- 3 28oz cans crushed tomatoes
- 3 8oz cans tomato sauce
- 3 6oz cans tomato paste
- 3/4 cup beef broth
- 3/4 cup red wine
- 1 T dried parsley
- 1 T dried basil
- 1 T dried oregano
- 1/2 T marjoram
- 10 drops liquid stevia, or 1 T of sugar
- salt and pepper to taste
- Chop onion and pepper. Toss beef, chopped vegetables, mushrooms, and garlic in your big pot (you’ll need at least a 6 quart pot) and cook over medium till meat is cooked. Drain.
- Add remaining ingredients.
- Bring to boil, reduce heat to medium low, and simmer 2-3 hours, covered. Stir occasionally.
- Adjust seasoning and serve with pasta of choice or spaghetti squash.
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