There is a common misconception that organic food doesn’t taste as good as processed foods. I’m not sure what makes people think that but it couldn’t be further from the truth. Sure, there are some already made things that can taste bland or have a texture that isn’t ideal. But, the truth is that most organic foods taste better than the processed stuff you may be used to. A big part of the improved flavor is due to the freshness of the ingredients.
I wanted the first recipe I posted on Naturally Budgeted to be affordable and easy so you can see it is possible to eat well on a budget. In my opinion, it doesn’t get much more affordable or easy than spaghetti with a homemade sauce. Now, I know some of you might be scoffing because homemade spaghetti sauce doesn’t sound easy but I promise you this one is.
The secret to a great spaghetti sauce is time. The longer you simmer it the better it is going to taste. This is a set it and forget it dish and I left my sauce simmering for 5 hours. I wish you could have smelled the house, OMG it smelled delicious. The garlic and basil really made my mouth water and it wasn’t just me. Everyone who ate it went back for seconds.
Since I’m a carnivore I used Italian Sausage and Ground Beef as the base of my sauce along with garlic, onions, and basil. I started the meats in a separate pan so I didn’t have to deal with grease in the sauce.
I quartered my tomatoes and put them right in the food processor with some chopped oregano and basil. I went a little overboard and ended up with a puree, so if you prefer a chunkier sauce don’t process too much.
Enough of my rambling, here’s the recipe I always use for my organic spaghetti sauce, I hope you love it as much as we do.
- 6 medium to large tomatoes, Roma if possible
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 5 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/3 cup fresh basil, chopped
- 1 teaspoon oregano, chopped
- 1 pound organic Italian Sausage, no casings
- 1/2 pound organic lean ground beef
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- Olive Oil
- Brown meats in a large pan. Drain and set aside
- Swirl olive oil around a large pan twice and add onion, garlic, and basil. Sautee for 6 minutes or until onions are translucent.
- Chop and peel the tomatoes and place them in the food processor. Process until you reach your desired consistency. Add to vegetables.
- Stir in oregano, sugar, and season with salt and pepper as needed. Add in meats and simmer on low for a minimum of 45 minutes.
- The longer you let the sauce simmer the better it will taste.