Home made Pasta Sauce

Do you have a recipe that takes you back to when you were a child growing up?  This spaghetti sauce is one for me.  I’ve made this for so many years I can’t even remember when I first started making it.  My mom makes it her way and I make it my way.  Pretty much the same but my mom adds some green peppers to her sauce.  I eat hers, but I’m not a huge fan of green peppers, so I leave it out.

What makes this so good to me is not just the flavor, but adding the black olives to it.  Most people don’t add black olives to their pasta sauce (that I’ve had or seen anyways).

Since Craig isn’t a fan of spaghetti sauce with onions and black olives, I don’t make this often at all.  Last night I was in the mood for spaghetti.  And I decided to give it a try.  I left out the onions (which he later said he’d eat if it was in there because it’s the raw onions he dislikes) because I didn’t want to give him too much with black olives!!  You can either use a packet of spaghetti seasoning or you can create your own.  I created my own until the flavor came through.

Ingredients

2lbs ground turkey

2 cans large tomato sauce

1 can large tomato paste

1 can black olives (drained)

1 large onion chopped (if you so choose)

(I don’t measure the spices I use because I use what I need until the flavor is how I like it)

large palmful season salt, large palmful of oregano, large palmful of basil leaves, 4 cloves fresh garlic (minced), small palmful of garlic salt, small palmful of pepper.

Directions:

In a frying pan cook the ground turkey until cooked through.  I added some oregano to the meat when it was close to being cooked.

In a slow cooker I added the rest of the ingredients and cooked on low for at least 2 hours.  The longer it cooks the better the flavor.  After the sauce is put together, add the meat and mix well.

I haven’t found sauce this good in any jar!!  This is worth the while making this and having tons of left overs for during the week when you need something quick to put together.  Craig wants me to make stuffed shells.  I’ll stuff the shells with the meat sauce and top with cheese!!

Add whichever veggies you like to your sauce.  I’m not a huge tomato fan so I’ve always made this with the sauce instead of fresh tomatoes.  (I have made it at least once with fresh tomatoes grown from my garden).

So good.

Patricia – Two Girls Cooking  😉

Taco Chip Dip

This will be quick and easy.  We were going to have tacos for dinner tonight, but then I changed my mind and decided to put it all on a plate and eat it with chips.

I don’t have much to say about this one, as I’m sure most people have had this before.  Usually it’s an appetizer, but here, we ate it for dinner.  I’m a fan of anything having to do with tacos, cheese, meat, sour cream, hot sauce with some onions and black olives!

All you have to do is throw your favorite ingredients together on a plate and dip those chips!

1 can of refried beans (fat free)

1lb of ground turkey (or hamburger) added 1 pkg of taco seasoning

lettuce, chopped

shredded cheddar cheese

1 small onion, chopped

1 small can of black olives

Whatever your flavor just add it on.

I wasn’t in the mood to cook much for dinner tonight so we had this fun, quick and easy plate instead!

Have an awesome weekend and have fun with your food!

Patricia – Two Girls Cooking