The first installment of today's Savory Sundays is a bit of my own creation. Now, most of the things I cook I make by following a recipe. I have become a bit more daring lately, though, and have started making my own meat sauce. Now, in the grand scheme of things this is probably a standard type of thing many home cooks make. But since I've not been cooking for that long, I'm actually excited that I came up with this on my own. It may not be something mind-blowing or revolutionary but it's my own.
It's actually a work in progress, but I think I have a good base. Here's what you'll need:
1 onion, diced
1 pound ground beef
3 tablespoons chopped parsley
3 garlic cloves
3/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 sausage links
2 cups marinara sauce
As I said, this is a work in progress and no amounts are set in stone. In fact, one onion of this size is probably too much. So I may change it to one onion to maybe a cup of diced onion or something. And the sausage links will also vary. It's just what I have on hand, and this one was one that had cheese in it. I have since picked up a mild Italian sausage, so the flavors will vary on this one.
First, drizzle some oil on a pan and saute the onions (also, you can use margarine which is what I think I'll try next time, to change it up I suppose). After a few minutes, toss in the parsley, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper and garlic, and then add the ground beef.
Brown the ground beef. Add the sausage before beef is completely browned.
I made the Marinara Sauce recipe I had on here last week on again.
I added some of the sauce, measuring the marinara sauce one half-cupful at a time until it was done, and it amounted to two cups worth.
I didn't take a picture but I tossed this in some penne pasta and it made for a tasty meal. I've also made it with spaghetti of course and may try some rigatoni or rotini next time.