I've promised myself (and David) that I will be better with the grocery budget now that Christmas is over. And so...with that in mind, and feeling like I needed a little something to take the chill of the rain away and make the home feel homely I bought a gigantic pack of ground beef to make my mum's spaghetti sauce....to freeze...to save money...to be a good housewife....to make my belly and cold happy...all those things.
My mum's spaghetti sauce recipe is a family recipe that my Nonna was taught in Italy...all Italian families have their own version...and all families think that their's is the best....well MINE IS! ha ha
The ground beef is braised with onion, garlic, carrots and spices, until tender, then tomato paste is added and boiled off, and finally jarred sauce is added (like I have the time, desire, or skill to jar my own tomato sauce) and voila.....yum yum yum. I am sure that initially the recipe called for traditional and good home canned tomato sauce, but time and convenience....and the proper spice ratio has lead to the use of ready made sauce in this recipe.
I made a HUGE pot using just 750g of ground beef and one 750 ml jar of tomato sauce. The whole house smelt of braised beef goodness and totally returned me to my mum's kitchen. It is so wonderful to be able to make these family favourites in my new house...
I used about a third of the sauce to make a gorgeous, tasty and hit-the-spot lasagna for last night's dinner, and then put the remaning 2/3rds in containers for the freezer...enough for two big pasta dinners!!!
When my mum makes lasagna with this sauce she layers the pasta with her homemade meat sauce and shredded mozzarella cheese. It is difficult to find hard mozzarella here in Chelmsford and the buffalo style mozzarella has too high a water content to be used as a filling...so I opted to make a simple bechemel sauce in replacement of the mozzarella cheese. I admit to using store bought noodles (I am holding out for an attachment to my kitchen aid) but I can take credit for all the rest!
Once again, the beautiful and gorgeously green Emile Henry dish came in handy...with just enough left over for dinner tonight!!
4 meals!! How budget friendly is that??