Thursday, December 12, 2013

Quicky (Chunky) Spaghetti Sauce

This recipe for Quicky (Chunky) Spaghetti Sauce is my very favorite spaghetti sauce.  My mom always called it "Quicky Sauce."  That's because it doesn't have to simmer for hours like some homemade spaghetti sauce recipes. 

Is it as quick as jarred sauce?  Well... if you are browning hamburger anyway, its only a matter of dumping in some cans and a few spices, so it's pretty close!  The taste will win you over!  It's delicious!

This sauce is deliciously heady with garlic, tomatoes and mushrooms, with a little bit of basil and sugar.  It comes out chunky but the sauce itself is thin.  With a big pot of buttery pasta, it doesn't get much better than this.

Here's how I make Quicky (Chunky) Spaghetti Sauce AT HOME MY WAY:

Quicky (Chunky) Spaghetti Sauce
  • 1/2 to 1 pound of hamburger, cooked and drained
  • 1 can (8 oz) tomato sauce
  •  1 regular can diced tomatoes (do not drain)  (fresh tomatoes work great also)
  • 1 small can of mushrooms-drained (I use stems & pieces=cheap)
  • 8 ounces of water (use the tomato sauce can for this)
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon basil
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
Brown the hamburger in a tall skillet, drain.  Sprinkle with the onion powder.  Add the tomato sauce + 1 can of water, the diced tomatoes (not drained), the drained can of mushrooms and the spices.  Salt & pepper.  Cook/simmer (should be bubbling well) uncovered about 30 minutes.  Stir occasionally.
(I cook mine (bubbling hard -stirring) about 15 minutes and then start my pasta water.  By the time the pasta is done and drained, the whole thing is ready to go!)

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