Browse extensive collection of usercreated and reviewed vegan recipes. Plus, 15,000 VegFriends profiles, articles, and moreOr both. But if you give it a chance, if you can see past everything you know about rules and propriety and good sense and purity, if you can reach deep into your heart to love me no matter what the ingredient winds up to be, youll end up with a fantastic plateful of spaghetti. Lets go on this journey together. Im in. Please note that Im doubling my recipe because I already have a double batch of sauce in containers in my freezer and thats evidently not enough for me. So whatever quantities you see me use, you can easily halve them. Lop off the top of two onions, then peel them and cut them in half from root to tip. Make vertical slices in the onion halves Then slice in the other direction to dice em up. Then lop off the tops and bottoms of the green peppers Slice them into strips And dice up the strips. Veggies Hooray. I love vegetable scraps. I love lots of things. I have a new plan. Assume I love everything. Then, when I come across something I hate, Ill be sure to tell you. Sound constructive Great Its a plan. I hate not loving garlic. Translation I love garlic. Never mind. I cant do it. I love loving love. Mince up a bunch Like, five or six cloves. Or, preferably, more. Be brave Be bold Carry breath mints Now grab that beautiful beef, baby. I aspire to alliterate. Throw it into a pot And totally brown it up, crumbling it as you go. Remove it from the pot and throw it in a bowl for now, letting as much grease drain off as possible. Discard the excess grease in the pot I didnt have too much because my beef was very lean, unlike my bottom and drizzle in some olive oil. A good couplethree tablespoons will do. When the oil is heated over medium heat, throw in the onion and green pepper And cook them for a couple of minutes, until they start to get soft. What will also happen is that theyll absorb all the wonderful flavor of the meat from the pan. Not that it matters, as all of this is eventually going to wind up in a big stew and cook to smithereens. But it makes me feel fancy anyway. Next, throw in the garlic. Since I was doubling the sauce, I could have added more. I love not hating garlic. Stir it around and let the garlic cook for a minute or so, then pry the huge glass of wine away from your lips and pour it into the pot. Its better in the sauce I think. Stir it around and let the wine reduce for a couple of minutes Then pour in a bunch of crushed tomatoes I love all canned tomato products whole, diced, stewed, puree, sauce but for sauces I love to use crushed. It has a nice, hearty texture but no huge tomato chunks to contend with. To deepen the flavor, add a nice plop of tomato paste. PlopAnd look the clump of tomato paste is fortifying itself against the enemy. It has already build a moat to keep attackers at bay. I see things. Okay, stir it around, then add in some ground thyme Ground oregano Some sugar, to counteract the acidy tomato effect And salt. Stir it around and let it begin to heat up Then reach into the mystery bag. Wait Stop for just a second. Just remember one thing Ive always loved you. And your outfit looks really pretty today. Storebought marinara sauce Grabbing onto your legNot letting you leaveCrying and screaming If you leave me, Im going with youeres the thing. You can totally leave this out. You can simply add the same amount in more crushed tomatoes or any tomato product and things will be just fine. And I do believe that if you browned up a bunch of ground beef and poured in a bunch of storebought marinara sauce, youd just never have the delicious, rich, homemade flavor of the stuff you could make yourself. In fact, it would be overwhelminglyjarred sauce tasting. But the one jar or half jar, whatever your preference of the storebought stuff is almost like adding a dash of something. It spikes your homemade sauce with just another little dimension of flavor you get the benefit of the hours and hours another entity manufacturer, factory, Emeril spent stewing their sauce. Plus, its just good, clean, ornery fun to spend all this time and effort making sauce from scratch, then crack open a jar of storebought sauce and throw it in. Im doing itIm doing it I did it. Now Ive really done it. Next, grab the beef And throw it into the pot. Then stir it around Grab some bay leaves And throw them in, too. Then reduce the heat to a simmer, put on the lid on the pot, and cook very, very gently for an hour or so. Stir it from time to time, watching Real Housewives reruns on your DVR in between stirs. After an hour, grab some parsley or you can use dried parsley flakes. Chop it up And keep on going until its really, really finely minced. Throw it in and stir it around. And nextthis is just a nice little touch if you happen to have a wedge of Parmesancut the hard rind off of the end And throw it right into the sauce. If you dont have a wedge of cheese, no problem. Just throw in some grated Parmesan and youre good to go. Then violently allow it to simmer for another 3. Note that I did not say allow it to violently simmer. A violent simmer, of course, is called a boil. Word order is so important. Guess what Its time to eat now. Drain the cooked pasghetti into a bowl and drizzle on some olive oil. Then toss it around so the noodles are nice and coated. And olive oily. To serve, mound some noodles onto a plate. By the way, I dont generally like to put a big pile of noodles and a big pile of sauce on a huge platter, then have everyone dig in and get their helping from the same platter. First of all, the platter gets totally messed up in a matter of seconds, and its difficult to salvage extra sauce if you want leftovers because its all mixed in with the pasghetti. Also, I just love the look of a neat individual plateful of spaghetti and sauce. Its just so classically spaghetti sauce ish. Pile on a bunch of sauce right on top. Seriously. The deliciousness is hurting my eyes. Ouch Anyone have an Advil Hello, lover. But wait Theres more Sprinkle on some parsley for a little freshness and greenness and prettiness and color. But wait Theres more Parmesan. Nice, chunky shavings of Parmesan. But waitTheres more Garlic cheese bread. Oh, yes. A garlic bread without a cheese is like a kiss without a squeeze. Who said that Freud Never mind. It doesnt matter. In fact, nothing matters anymore. Nothing exceptspaghetti sauce. Enjoy, my friendsHeres the handy dandy printable Spaghetti Sauce. September 1. 6, 2. Prep Time 2. 0 Minutes. Difficulty Easy. Cook Time 1 Hours. Servings 1. 8 Servings. Chicken Pies. Ground Beef I Used Ground Round3 Tablespoons Olive Oil. Large Yellow Onions, Diced. Green Bell Pepper, Seeded And Diced.