Who doesn’t love pasta? I know I’m a pasta crazy person. I could eat pasta all the time. In our meal planning we have to have at least one pasta meal a week, typically it’s spaghetti unless I feel like getting creative (read: fancy).
- Ragu Spaghetti Sauce, Traditional- $1.75
- Great Value Spaghetti- $.89
- Great Value Grated Parmesan Cheese- $2.73
- Great Value Mushroom Pcs/Stms- $.55
- Del Monte Cut Green Beans- $.82
- Texas Toast Garlic Bread- $3.22
This Week’s Walmart Meal Solution: Spaghetti Night (my favorite night of the week)
prices may vary depending on where you live
Typically I will make Spaghetti sauce from scratch just because we have a family recipe floating around that I really enjoy making but on other nights when I don’t have time to let me sauce “simmer” then I reach for the jarred stuff and add my own personal flavor to it just like my fellow Walmart Mom, Jenn, likes to do. To jazz up a jar of Spaghetti Sauce add the flavors you like. Fresh onions, ground beef, bell peppers, minced garlic, or a can of mushrooms. By adding your own ingredients to the Spaghetti Sauce “base” it adds new life to your jarred sauce.
For the nights we have a bit more time to spare, like I said, I make my own sauce. Below is the recipe that has been modified from my families “secret sauce” recipe.
Homemade Spaghetti Sauce
- 6 oz. tomato paste
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 28 oz diced tomatoes
- 1 lb hamburger (or chicken)
- 1 tbsp minced garlic
- 1 small onion, diced
- 1 green bell pepper, diced
- 1 tsp basil
- 1 tsp oregano
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp salt
(optional) 1 can of mushrooms
- 1. In a large pot over medium-medium high heat…Brown the meat. If you are using ground beef, brown the meat and then drain. If you using chicken, brown with 1 tbsp of olive oil.
- 2. Once the meat is browned, add in the onions and bell peppers. Cook until soft and onions are translucent.
- Add in the tomatoes and tomato paste. Mix well.
- Add the rest of the ingredients and stir again making sure everything is well incorporated.
- Reduce heat to low and simmer for 30-45 mins. My Mom always says the longer the sauce simmers the happier it gets.
How does your family do Spaghetti Night?
Disclosure: This post is part of a series of Meal Solutions with Walmart that some of my fellow Walmart Moms (Jenn of Frugal Upstate, Denise of Wholesome Mommy, and Lori at My Wooden Spoon) and I are participating in. Walmart has provided me with compensation and a gift card in return for this post. My participation is voluntary and opinions are my own.