A semi-home cooked spaghetti sauce

A semi-home cooked spaghetti sauce


  • ground beef: 1 1/2 - 2 pounds
  • Onion: 1
  • Garlic cloves: 4
  • Green Pepper: 2
  • Celery: 3
  • Blended Tomato: 2 cans
  • Ready made spaghetti sauce: 1 jar
  • Tomato sauce/ketchup: 1/2 cup
  • Sugar: 1 teaspoon
  • Salt: 1 teaspoon
  • Black Pepper: 1 teaspoon
  • Crushed mustard seeds: 1 teaspoon
  • Tomato soup: 1 can
  • Oregano (dried): 1 tablespoon
  • Chilli powder: 1 teaspoon
  • Parmesan cheese: 1/2 stick


That cold breeze definitely puts one off the cold food and ignites the want to eat something hot to get some warmth. Sadly, at a store (not a restaurant) the options are usually limited. I mean I most certainly do not want to have cold sandwiches or room temperature burgers in such weather. How about something hot in a bowl? But consuming soup all the time can also get a little boring after some time. This is what got me thinking of options in which I can enjoy hot food without having to work hard in my kitchen after a long day at work. Although it seemed like everything required me to get hold of a knife at least once. Still, I am a firm believer in where there is will; there is a way, so I went ahead asking from all the cooks that I know in my life to ask for the ways to skirt around this tough time that am stuck with very year. You can call me lazy for doing so but I do not want to win all the battles in my life, just the ones that matter. As far as my life goes, my career is way above cooking all the time.

That is the choice I have made for myself and that s settled so everything else that comes along with living, like eating healthy needs to fit in. do not get me wrong, I am not saying that I do not pay any attention to eating healthy because not doing that will affect my work life in a big manner but yes, I do not have time to be cooking in the kitchen every single day. Also since I have a very sensitive skin all over my body, chopping and all without having gloves on often leads to my hands smelling funny for hours.

Maybe this is another subconscious reason that I am not into cooking. So, as a result of myself looking for minimal cooking yet eating healthy and hot food, I discovered how I can twist the store brought sauce into something healthy that I can cook at home and in one go, I can cook and freeze the leftovers to consume anytime later with a simple re heat. This is my spaghetti sauce recipe that makes life easier for me and hope it does the same for you if you decide to try it. I absolutely love the part that there is a possible future use of all the cooking time I put into making this spaghetti sauce recipe. All I need is some cooked spaghetti and heated sauce and I am good to go whenever I want a hot meal without much cooking.

I am glad to share with all of you, this spaghetti sauce recipe that might keep you warm this winter. Enjoy!

Instruction to cook:

  1. Since we are cooking large quantity, it will be a good idea to have a large pot or cooking pan to start. Simply toss the beef and onion into the pot at a medium heat and cook for a few minutes. Let the pinks become browns.
  2. To the meat and onion mix, add the mushrooms, green pepper and celery. Crush in the garlic cloves or chop it very fine before adding. Let this cook for another 3-4 minutes.
  3. Now, on low heat, add in the spaghetti sauce and the remaining ingredients and stir for at least a minute. Let the meat and vegetables be uniformly spread in the pan.
  4. Keeping the heat at low let the mixture simmer for 2 hours (if you have a day off, let it go on further, in this case, the more, the better seems to apply).
  5. Do not forget to stir in between the simmering process to check that the beef does not stick to the bottom.
  6. You should refrigerate the cooked sauce as that seems to pack in the flavors even better.
  7. Warm up again before serving and serve with whatever pasta that you have cooked tonight! With a grating of cheese on top, I wish you Bon appetite!