Dinner Tonight: Spaghetti and Meat Sauce

Does any meal say family supper more than spaghetti and meat sauce?  I just don’t think so.  I love making spaghetti because my kiddos love it, and Andrew loves to eat a ton of the meat sauce with a few noodles…perfect for everyone!  You can use either ground beef or ground turkey in this recipe (on this night, we had ground turkey).  Use what you love. 
Simple.  Satisfying.  Supper.
Shopping List
1 pint of cherry tomatoes
1 pound of spaghetti noodles (or less if you’re not wanting a lot of pasta)
1 pound of ground beef or turkey
1 onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1 (28 oz) can of San Marzano tomatoes (if you can’t find these, use a can of whole, peeled tomatoes)
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
Salt and Pepper
Parmesan Cheese and Basil to garnish, optional
Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
On a foil lined baking sheet, spread your cherry tomatoes out.  Drizzle EVOO down over the tops and sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper.  Roast in the oven about 15 minutes.  (You can omit this step if you like and just add an extra can of tomatoes into your meat sauce…I just love the added flavor of the roasted tomatoes.)
Over medium-high heat, bring a large pot of water to a boil and drop your noodles to cook until al dente (about 8 minutes).
Meanwhile, over medium-high heat, brown your ground beef or turkey in a skillet with a drizzle of EVOO and some salt and pepper.
Once browned and crumbly, add in your onions and garlic and saute a couple of minutes.  Turn your heat to low and add in your tomatoes and Italian seasoning.  With your wooden spoon, gently break up the whole tomatoes in your skillet.  At this time, add in your roasted tomatoes and gently break them up too.
I like to stir a little basil and Parmesan right into my meat sauce but you could just wait and garnish with it instead.
Drain the water from your pasta and add the cooked pasta to your meat sauce.
Serve with a sprinkle of Parm and a little basil.
Again, you can omit the roasted tomatoes, I just love them and think they’re super simple to make.  As for the San Marzano…they usually come in a can like this…
…they are tender and have an amazing flavor.  They’re my favorites :).
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my Valentine’s Day cupcakes are not only super simple but they’re yummy too!


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  • Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} January 23, 2014 at 11:22 am

    Gosh this sauce looks sooooooooooo good! I love spaghetti even with prego, so I know I would LOVE your spaghettic so much!

  • Narci January 23, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    I am so anxious to try this! Sauce from actual tomatoes!! love! šŸ™‚

  • JessicaGuinn January 27, 2015 at 11:42 pm

    This was dinner tonight and it was FABULOUS!!! Thank you so much for an amazing, easy spaghetti recipe! Spaghetti has always been my favorite, but I've never found a good recipe. The sauce was divine! šŸ˜‰

  • Nicole January 27, 2016 at 2:55 pm

    Could you make the sauce ahead of time and place in a slow cooker to keep warm? Planning on a meal for after Church. šŸ™‚