Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Meat Sauce with Spaghetti Squash

One of the hardest things to give up when eating a clean diet is pasta.  Those hot carbs get ya every time.  However, nature made many yummy healthy carbs that substitute well.  We love to make spaghetti using spaghetti squash.  

This home made meat sauce is one that tastes best if you can let is simmer on low for most of the day, it is also my way of feeling Italian.  When people call you can say "ohh just cooking some homemade sauce for dinner" it will sound like you are slaving away... but really it is just slowly bubbling into goodness while you browse pinterest.

Ok so first step to make this Meat Sauce with Spaghetti Squash is the sauce.

Yuppie Farm Girl's Home Made Meat Sauce:

2 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 large yellow onion (baseball size) - chopped
3 celery stalks - chopped
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 Tbsp Italian Seasoning
1/8 tsp red pepper flakes
2 garlic cloves (minced)
1 lb ground pork
2 lbs ground beef
2 15oz. cans tomato sauce
1 15oz can whole or crushed tomatoes (with juice)
1 bay leaf (if you have it)


Add olive oil to LARGE stock pot over medium heat (one like this would work--->http://amzn.to/1bpd9dA)
Add chopped onion and chopped celery
Saute until starting to soften
Add salt, pepper, Italian Seasoning, red pepper flakes, and garlic
Stir until fragrant and all veggies are translucent and soft.

Add ground pork and ground beef to veggies, cook until browned
Spoon off some of the fat (you can also leave it for more flavor)

Pour in tomato sauce, and whole or crushed tomatoes

Stir and bring to low boil, stir and "mash" the tomatoes with your spoon or potato masher.

Reduce heat to low and let simmer covered (or slightly uncovered) for 2+ hours, longer cook time = more flavor.

Taste the sauce and add more salt and pepper as needed.

Enjoy over fresh roasted spaghetti squash.

 Do you make spaghetti or other pasta using spaghetti squash?  What is your favorite "faux recipe"

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