Meal Solution Week 4: Spaghetti Night (Recipe)

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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).

Spaghetti Noodles

    This Week’s Walmart Meal Solution: Spaghetti Night (my favorite night of the week)

    prices may vary depending on where you live

  • 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

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.

Spaghetti 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

    Ingredients:

  • 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

    Directions:

  • 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.

Spaghetti

How does your family do Spaghetti Night?

Walmart momDisclosure: 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.

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Heather is a homeschooling mom of two boys currently living in central Georgia. She has been sharing her domestic story online as a blogger for 13 years. Through her blog and social media platforms, Heather provides a glimpse into domestic life as she shares with other stay-at-home moms how she tackles modern homemaking with the challenges of raising a family.

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4 Comments

  1. November 4, 2010 / 5:32 am

    ohh. .. your pictures are always so fantastic. It's 6:30 am here and you've got me craving a plate of that delicious looking pasta! Your family recipe looks great-but I'd add a splash of red wine to that myself :)

    Also, thanks for the linky love!

    • November 11, 2010 / 7:39 pm

      Great. Thanks for sharing. We are garlic lovers too, well at least I am.

  2. November 21, 2010 / 7:29 pm

    I too "heart" pasta!! This makes me want pasta now……..time to make a trip to the store!

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