Sauces

Bulk Spaghetti and Meat Sauce:

Aka Bulk Pasta Sauce, perfect for a quick heat and eat home cooked meal. The best part is that it is very cheap considering how many meals you get out of it.

I’ve made this several times before and it is an absolute favorite among all.

Step 1. Fire up the oven at 375*F to preheat.

Step 2. Crumble up your ground beef in the bottom of a roasting pan. This beef was starting to brown from sitting in the fridge, so yours will look prettier than mine. This is about 5.5 Pounds of ground beef.


Step 3. Dump on the flavor. I don’t use any seasoning or salt… just all natural veggies. I use a generous amount of onions, celery and green peppers. It makes the meat soo tasty.


Step 4. We love mushrooms, so I also dumped in 2 pounds of mushrooms. This would be a good time to add anything else you want in here.

Step 5. Cover with a lid and slam it into the oven for about 50 minutes. I usually stop about 30 mins into it and chop the meat up a bit more.

Step 6. Once done be sure to drain it good to get all the fat out, I usually give it a rinse while I’m at it to make sure it’s nothing but meat and veggies. This is what you should be looking at. Good enough to eat as is.


Step 7. Tomato it up. I dumped in 4 cans of diced tomatoes and 4 cans of tomato sauce.





Step 8. Now at this point its almost there, but here is the secret… to even out the acidity of the tomatoes, you need to add sugar to neutralize it. I stir in about 1/4 cup or more for the entire roaster full. You can taste test and always add more. Brown sugar or white, I used to think brown sugar was best, but now that I have made it with both I can’t tell a difference.

Step 9. Pop it back in the oven for another 20 to 30 minutes just to simmer all the flavors together. You could skip this step, but I have found it does help the flavor. In the end this is what you should be looking at. Yummy meaty goodness.


Step 10. Put it into serving size containers and freeze. We like to use tupperware specifically since it seems to hold up a lot better in the freezer and microwave. I’ve even used ziplocs in a pinch.

Step 11. Heat and eat. Now for supper all you need to do is nuke it in the microwave while you boil some noodles. 10 minutes later dinner is served. Best of all, it’s home cooked and you know exactly what went into it. No weird preservatives.


Doesn’t that look delicious!

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Bulk Cooking / OAMC / Freezer recipe:

The best spaghetti sauce ever (and cheap too!)

 

 

 

 

 

 
I delved into another batch of bulk cooking last night. We used up the last of our previous batch of spaghetti sauce so I “engineered” a new batch. To me engineering and cooking are very similar, they both require a lot of common sense, a lot a creative impulses and a sense for what will work.

Anyway, this is probably my 5th bulk batch of spaghetti sauce. By spaghetti sauce I really mean use for any pasta application meat and tomato sauce. I originally started it for spaghetti, but we use it with rotini noodles, baked ziti, bowtie noodles, elbow noodles… you name it… always tastes good. All in all the finished batch took me about 20 minutes of prep, fed the two of us two servings of pasta each with the yummy meat sauce and still made enough to freeze 6 more meal servings which will feed the two of us for supper 6 times. The best part is it warms up just as yummy, takes less time than the noodles boiling and yields a great home cooked meal with all natural ingredients that you can pronounce. No fillers like soy something or other. No preservatives that are 8 syllables long. Just words like beef, mushrooms, tomatoes… things like that. LOL.

Anyway, here’s the skinny…

 

 

 

 

 

Spray roasting pan w/no stick spray

Start the oven preheating to 400*F

 

 

 

 

 

Dump a 5 Lb tube of ground meat in there

 

 

 

 

 

Chop up some celery and dump it in there

 

 

 

 

 

Chop up some mushrooms and dump it in there

 

 

 

 

 

Chop up some green peppers and dump it in there

 

 

 

 

 

Chop up some onion and dump it in there

 

 

 

 

 

mix it up really good and put the roaster in the oven to bake for 50 minutes, go watch TV or something (like read my blog)
Notice the herbs and seasonings… That’s right, there are none. The veggies provide more than enough seasonings when baking, you don’t need a single seasoning. Try it first, if you want to put seasoning in, do it next time.

 

50 minutes later…

Take out the roaster and drain the grease really good … ok then don’t, see if I care.
Chop up the meat mix as you prefer
Dump in 3 cans of stewed tomatoes
Dump in 3 cans of tomato sauce
Dump in about 1 cup of brown sugar
Mix it up and put the roasterback in the oven for 10 minutes to simmer
This would be a good time to boil noodles if you plan on eating in 10 minutes, LOL.
10 minutes later…

 

 

 

 

 

Remove roaster from the oven and taste test. If you find it’s too tomato tasting, put a little more brown sugar in to balance out the acidity.

Last step, plate up and pig out. Put the left overs in containers in the freezer. We usually get one meal right away out of it and about 7-10 more freezer meals (enough for 2 people plus leftover lunches the next day).This has to be the simplest meat sauce I have ever made and it has to be the most wonderful and delicious as well. Funny how that works out.

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