Spaghetti Sauce – Family Recipe

I love meaty spaghetti sauce.  For me it’s the ultimate in comfort food. Here is a recipe that my mom taught me…and my father’s mother taught her. Each generation added something to it. Mom added sausage, I added pepperoni. Good stuff. Here is what you need:

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– 1 lb ground hamburger
– 1b ground sausage
– 60z package of pepperoni slices
– 1 small can mushrooms
– 6oz can of tomato paste
– 8oz can of tomato sauce- 24oz can of pasta sauce
– 1 tsp oregano
– 1 tsp fennel seed
– 1 tsp thyme
– 1 tsp basil
– 1 medium onion, chopped
– 3 cloves of garlic, minced
– pinch of sugar
– olive oil
– pkg of spaghetti or whatever noodles you prefer.

 

In a large sauce pot, pour enough olive oil to cover the bottom. Heat then add the chopped onions. When the onions are translucent add the oregano, fennel seed, thyme and basil. Let that cook for a couple of minutes then add the garlic. Let the garlic cook for no more than 30 seconds then add the sausage. Cook the sausage thru and crumble. Then add the hamburger meat, crumble while it’s cooking. Once the hamburger is done cooking, add the tomato paste and incorporate it well with the sausage and hamburger. Allow that to cook about 5 minutes, don’t let it burn or get stuck on the bottom. Then add the tomato sauce, pasta sauce, mushrooms and pepperoni. Finally, add the sugar. The reason for the sugar is not to make it taste sweet but to counteract the acidic taste the tomato sauces get from the can. While you can use a metal or plastic spatula on the meat to crumble it, it’s important that you use a wooden spoon when stirring the tomato sauce. Allow the sauce to simmer for at least an hour stirring every so often to prevent it from burning or sticking to the bottom of the pot.

Cook your preferred pasta per packaging instructions and serve.

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Spaghetti Sauce – Family Recipe

Slow Cooker Beer Sausage

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This was another simple recipe that I kinda winged it after seeing an image on Pinterest. Unfortunately, the link on Pinterst was a spam link and didn’t go to the actual recipe. So I guessed everything off of the picture and it turned out really good. Here is what you need:

– two packages (with 5 each in package) of the beer bratwursts
– 3 tbsp olive oil
– 2 cloves garlic, minced
– 1/2 medium onion, chopped
– 3 cans of your favorite beer ( I used Dos Equis)

Heat the olive oil in a pan. Pierce the casings on the sausge with a fork and brown on each side. Remove the sausages and add the onion into the pan, sauteeing for about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and sautee another 30 seconds – 1 minute. Be sure not to burn the garlic. Remove from heat. In a crock pot, first put in the sausage. Then add the garlic and onions on top, allowing some the sausage grease to also drizzle onto the sausages. Pour the beer over the sausage, enough to cover all the sausages. Cook on high heat for 4-5 hours or low heat for 6-7. Your kitchen will smell sooo good.

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Sausage and Spinach Frittata

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Another favorite breakfast food is a frittata.  Frittatas are italian omelettes that are baked in the oven versus top a stove. What I love about frittatas are that they’re very versatile. The only basics you need is eggs and milk. Everything else you put in is optional. It’s great for vegetables that aren’t fresh enough to be eaten raw but still good to cook. Here is what ya need:

– 8 eggs
– 1/2 cup milk
– 1/2 cup spinach, cleaned and roughly torn up
– 1lb ground sausage
– 1/2 medium onion, chopped
– 2 cups graded cheese. (I choose a mexican cheese blend)
– 1 tsp sea salt
– 1/2 tsp pepper

 

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Sausage. Yumm

 

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Cook the sausage and place on a paper towel, be sure to keep the grease in the pan. Chop the onion and cook in the sausage grease at medium heat for 2-3 minutes. Turn off the heat and put in the spinach, stirring with a wooden spoon. Allow the spinach to wilt but don’t burn. Combine the eggs, milk, cheese, sausage, onion, spinach, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Lightly grease a 7×11 casserole dish and pour the entire mixture into it. Put in the oven for 15-20 minutes, til the eggs are cooked through and the top has a nice golden color to it.

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Alternative ingredients \\
– I will sometimes take cubed ham, brown it a little in a pan and add broccoli instead of spinach.
– Red and green peppers taste great in this as well.

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Where to go in Dallas for …. Pizza!!!

Pizza is by far my favorite food. And as I get older, I get pickier about it.  Some of the best pizza I have ever have is at Urban Crust in downtown Plano. Woodfire, buffalo mozzarella, the best pepperoni, I cannot say enough about how great their pizza is. Their bread sticks for appetizers are wonderous.  I love their olive oil with chunks of olives in it for dipping. They don’t just have pizza. Their pasta dishes are hearty, cheesy goodness. I also love the atmosphere with the brick walls. Their rooftop bar has a great atmosphere and you can dine out all year long. Friday and Saturday nights have a DJ and you can dance to some old school hip hop up on the rooftop deck. The drinks are a little on the spendy side, but I have always gotten a quality Long Island Iced Tea everytime I’ve been there. If you’re ever in the area, I highly recommend it.

 

Urban Crust
1006 E 15th St, Plano, TX 75074
www.urbancrust.com

Where to go in Dallas for …. Pizza!!!