Sunday, February 22, 2009

Savory Sundays: LB's Meat Sauce

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:

canola oil
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.


5thsister said...

Looking good and sounding yummy! To make your sauce completely homemade, skip the prepared marinara and add petite diced tomatoes (fresh, when in season)and tomato sauce instead. If the sauce is too thin, then add, by tablespoons, tomato paste until desired thickness is achieved.

Lissaloo said...

Yum, that looks great!