This morning I mentioned the spaghetti sauce that we make at our house. It's essentially the exact same recipe my mom made when I was a kid. I made one minor change to the recipe but it is an important one. It is not fancy, but it is awesome. Here it is:

  • 2 packets of McCormick's "Thick and Zesty" spaghetti sauce mix at your favorite grocery store. (Yes, two packets, because one batch of this sauce is just not enough.)
  • 1 pound of hamburger (or ground Italian Sausage is really good too).
  • 12 oz can of tomato paste (not sauce, it's too watery).
  • 3 cups water

Brown the meat and drain the grease (unless you like really greasy sauce, I don't). In the pan you browned the meat add the two packets of sauce mix, tomato paste and water. Let it simmer, not boil, on low to medium low heat and stir occasionally until all of the tomato paste has dissolved and mixed into the water.

The recipe on the back of the packet, which is all this is, says to add 1 3/4 cups of water for each packet. I reduced the water to 1 1/2 cups per packet to make it thicker. It's really good. You'll thank me when you eat it and you'll never buy sauce from a jar again. Or at least you'll never want to buy sauce from a jar again.