Italian Food is Soul Food and this recipe for Homemade Spaghetti Meat Sauce gives it soul!
Italian food is one of my favorite genres of food, but these days I have to have restraint because the weight doesn’t just melt off like it use to. I mean think about, what are some common denominators that you will find in most Italian dishes? Cheese! What else? Carbs! Cheese and Carbs come together and are combined with other wonderful flavors that send us into a deep food coma. It is one of the best things about eating delicious Italian dishes, you become comatose.
Can you believe that I was super nervous about making this Homemade Spaghetti Meat Sauce? I don’t know why. I was so surprised at how easy it was to put this sauce together. Very easy! So easy that I think it will be hard for me to go back to pre-made spaghetti sauce on the regular. The good news about this recipe is that it makes a lot of sauce so you can freeze what you don’t use and save it for a rainy day.
This Spaghetti and Meat Sauce recipe is made with all of the ingredients you would assume is in the sauce such as fresh oregano, tomatoes, several seasonings and spice, red wine, onions, and garlic. I used marinara sauce as the base of the sauce and that is okay. You just build your sauce from there!
If you are one of my vegetarian or vegan friends, you can easily transform this recipe to fit your diet. You can substitute the meat with soy crumbles and use diced zucchini, mushrooms, squash, and chopped spinach even to “beef” up the sauce. That is the one thing I love about cooking is that you can take a basic recipe and mold it into your very own. Enjoy!
Recipe partially adapted from The Pioneer WomanPrint