If you have been here reading my posts for a while then this Grapefruit Simple Syrup recipe shouldn’t surprise you. Anytime I create a drink recipe that requires simple syrup as an ingredient I create my own simple syrup. My Grapefruit Margarita recipe is no exception!Read More
Raise your hand if you love brussel sprouts? Now raise your hand if you used to hate brussel sprouts but now you love them? If your hands were up for both of those questions then we have a lot in common. Brussel sprouts seems to be one of those vegetables people either hate or love. There tends to be no in between on indecisiveness when it comes to these little veggies. However, I challenge you to give these Sweet Chili Brussel Sprouts a try even if you don’t particularly care for Brussel sprouts. The mix of flavors bring such a unique sweet and savory taste that can surely make any vegetable taste delicious.Read More
I don’t know about you but Spring time always makes me think of home made simple syrups for cocktail drinks. There’s something about using fresh fruits to kick up the flavor notch on a drink that never gets old. And the best part is how easy it is to make your own simple syrup like this deliciously fresh Blueberry Simple Syrup recipe. You only need three ingredients, a pot, and a stove. Yes, it’s truly that simple giving new meaning to its name simple syrup.Read More
This strawberry simple syrup recipe is as simple as the title. It only consists of three ingredients and is tastier than any store bought simple syrup you can find. We all know homemade naturally tastes better. The fresh strawberries in this simple syrup give any mixed drink the boost it needs. It adds a sweet fruity taste to cocktails and/or mocktails.Read More
Who else loves a delicious homemade lasagna? Especially during these colder winter months. There’s nothing like a hearty home cooked 5 Cheese & Meat Lasagna to give you the feel and taste of comfort. I remember my Grandma making lasagna for dinner when I was growing up, and it was always a family favorite. Now that I have my own little family, I’m the one making the lasagna, which is now one of our little family favorite meals too.Read More
There’s nothing like a cup of hot chocolate on a cool fall evening or cold winter night. However, if you haven’t tasted delicious hot chocolate until you have tried Jordyn’s Homemade Hot Chocolate recipe. This recipe is creamy, rich, and made with love. If you didn’t catch her “how to” YouTube video or IGTV video yesterday, click on either video to watch, like and/or comment!Read More
Happy national chili month! I know, who knew this even existed, but there’s a national day for everything and everyone these days. This is one I will celebrate proudly because it involves me eating. Ha! This homemade crockpot chili is one of my all time favorite go to recipes for my family. Especially during fall and winter. Chili is one of the crowd pleasing comfort foods you can’t ever go wrong making. There’s something about a tomato based red sauce that is hearty and filling. Not only is this easy to make but it’s a crockpot recipe. Which means we are officially back in the season of dinner cooking while we live the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives. Yes!Read More
It’s officially the first day of fall and I couldn’t be happier. Fall is hands down my favorite season. What is there not to love about it? The crisp fresh air, beautiful orange, red and yellow leaves, apple cider, pumpkin spice, hoodie weather, etc. I could go on for days. Unfortunately, we live in the south so half of my fall list means absolutely nothing. (insert hysterical cryin face here) Despite the summer weather outside, one of my absolute favorite parts of this season is soup is back in full swing. My family likes to eat soup year round, but we definitely kick it up a notch once fall has arrived. One of my go to easy soups for my family is my homemade chicken noodle soup. It’s full of fresh ingredients and is seriously so easy to make.Read More
I shared a homemade spaghetti sauce recipe two weeks ago on the blog. Since then a few people have asked me if I ever make meatballs for my homemade sauce instead of breaking the meat up in the sauce. The answer is, yes! I don’t do it often for preference and time purposes in my family. However, there’s nothing like a homemade meatball and spaghetti sauce to hit the Italian comfort food spot. I’m not Italian and don’t claim to make authentic Italian meatballs, but I do make delicious meatballs from scratch that people will love. Read More
Back to school season is here and parents all over are rejoicing. Well, most parents. I’m one of the thousands of new moms who sent my kindergartener to school for the first time. It’s been over two weeks and I’m still adjusting to my new normal. With that said I’m quickly learning the importance of easy and quick dinner recipes. It seems like the days are flying by and there enough hours in the day. One of my family’s favorite meals is spaghetti. Then again, who doesn’t love a good hearty spaghetti meal? A lot of people think buying the pre-made spaghetti in jars is the only way to enjoy a quick spaghetti meal. But here I’m sharing a flavorful and healthier homemade spaghetti sauce recipe that’ll stop you from ever buying the pre-made stuff again.
One of the reasons I prefer making my own homemade spaghetti sauce is because I can control everything in it. From the amount of salt to the herbs and spices. I consistently make mine using ground turkey for a hearty meat sauce. I crumble my ground turkey in it because it saves time instead of making meatballs. (Be on the lookout for a homemade meatball recipe next week) However, although mine is always made with ground turkey this recipe can be made for vegans and vegetarians. Just eliminate the meat and everything else is perfect for your own homemade spaghetti sauce.
This sauce is the perfect sauce to freeze for future meals. Most of us don’t like cooking every night if we don’t have to so meals that can be frozen ahead of time are ideal. You will also figure out what your favorite seasoning combinations are in your sauce. Some people will prefer to smoked paprika to regular paprika or more Italian seasoning than others. The ingredient list I give you here is the ideal for my family and our own taste. I also give you the basics so you can adjust your homemade spaghetti sauce to your own liking. As I say in most of my recipe posts: add as much spices as you’d like. You only need to go light on your salt and sugar. Everything else is fair game and will keep your meal tasting delicious. Let’s go ahead and get started on this homemade spaghetti sauce!
Homemade Spaghetti Sauce
- 2 lbs. Ground Turkey
- 33.5 oz. Tomato Sauce
- 2 Tbsp. Tomato Paste
- 1 Medium Yellow Onion
- 1 Medium Green Bell Pepper
- 3 Cloves Garlic
- 2 Tbsp. Chopped Parsley or 1 Tbsp. dried parsley
- 1 Tbsp. Italian Seasoning
- 2 tsp. Paprika
- 3 Tbsp. Sugar
- 2 tsp, Onion Powder
- 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
- 1 Tbsp. Olive Oil
- Salt to taste
- Black Pepper to taste
Heat a large pot on medium high heat. Add your tablespoon of olive oil to the pot and sauté your diced onions, garlic and green peppers for about 2-3 minutes.
Add your Italian seasoning, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, and chopped parsley to the sautéed vegetables. Mix well for another minute or two.
Push your sautéed vegetables to the side and add your ground meat to the center of the pot. Brown and break your meat up into small pieces. (Use a potato masher to make your life easier)
Add your sugar, salt, and pepper to the meat and veggie mixture. Mix together then add your carton on tomato sauce to the mixture. Mix until everything is well combined.
Turn the heat down to a simmer, cover your pot, and let the sauce cook down for 10-15 minutes. (This will be a great time to cook and drain your pasta)
Adjust your homemade spaghetti sauce with salt and/or pepper to your desired taste and enjoy!