I’m terrible with crafts. They make too much of a mess and with ADHD, I always lose focus and want to quit before the craft is finished. Therefore, I’ve never been one to do very many crafts with my kids, even as a homeschool mom. Instead, since my kids were very young, we’ve gotten in the kitchen and cooked together. I will admit when they were younger the messes were huge, and it required more patience than I often had. Now that they are older, their experience in the kitchen is paying off! Now they can cook dinner, prepare a fabulous salad, and make homemade goodies all by themselves. It is fabulous. F A B U L O U S! On nights that I’m less than eager to cook dinner, I’ve got at least one of my big kids who are anxious to cook without mom.
This week, my son made homemade spaghetti while my daughter chopped all the veggies and put together a yummy salad. A couple of weeks ago when I was making spaghetti for dinner, I realized we were out of jarred spaghetti sauce. I combined several recipes online and came up with a recipe my family loves. In fact, they think it’s better than jarred sauce. This recipe is so easy my 9 year old made it by himself.
Easy Homemade Spaghetti Sauce
- 1 lb very lean ground beef or turkey may also omit meat and make a tomato sauce
- 1 onion chopped
- 1 green pepper chopped
- 6 garlic cloves minced
- 1 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
- 1 16 ounce can diced tomatoes with basil, onion, and oregano
- 1 8 ounce can tomato sauce
- 1 6 ounce can tomato paste
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
- 2 teaspoons dried basil
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- pinch of sugar
- 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
- Brown ground beef or turkey with onion, green pepper, and garlic in large saucepan until meat is no longer pink and vegetables are tender. (If you are making tomato sauce omit the ground beef or turkey and brown onion, green pepper, and garlic in 2 tablespoons olive oil until vegetables are tender)
- Drain grease and rinse.
- Return to saucepan and combine all other ingredients. Simmer on low uncovered for 1 to 2 hours, stirring occassionally.