For those of you who are married, does your husband have a certain dish that his momma made and he still loves?
For my husband, that would be his mother’s spaghetti sauce.
(And her mini cherry cheesecakes.)
Brandon told me last week that he was having a hankering for his mom’s spaghetti sauce.
I was initially hesitant to make it, for fear that it wouldn’t be quite the same as he remembered.
Because let’s be honest. Part of the reason we love certain meals are the memories associated with them.
So if I’m the one making the sauce, would the memories still be there?
But I decided to go for it anyway.
And I am happy to say that I think my first attempt was a success!
Cheri’s Spaghetti Sauce
(Makes about 6 servings)
- 2 lbs. ground chuck meat
- 1/2 an onion, finely chopped
- 1/3 a green pepper, finely chopped
- 2 – 15 oz. cans Hunt’s tomato sauce (Yes, she is specific about the brand. So to keep with Brandon’s memories, I used the same brand!)
- 1 – 12 oz. can Hunt’s tomato paste
- 1 bay leaf
- 1/4 tsp. pepper
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 3 tsp. dried parsley
- 3 tsp. dried oregano
- 2 tsp. dried Italian seasoning
- 1 tsp. garlic salt
- 1 tsp. dried basil
- 4 tbsp. brown sugar
- Mueller’s thin spaghetti noodles, for serving
- In a large sauté pan, cook ground chuck, onion, and green pepper over medium heat until the meat is browned. Break up the meat with a wooden spoon while cooking.
- After the meat is cooked, drain the mixture. Then put it in a large pot over medium-low heat.
- Add the tomato paste to the meat mixture and stir together. Then add the tomato sauce and stir.
- Add all of the dried seasonings. Stir together.
- Put a lid on the pot, but keep it opened a crack. Let the mixture simmer for two hours, stirring occasionally.
- Refrigerate the mixture overnight, to allow the flavors to meld. Or let it simmer for 6 hours.
- Serve over pasta, with garlic bread and salad!
We thoroughly enjoyed this meal. And I got to freeze the leftover sauce, so we have a couple of meals saved for when Addie is here!
Thank you, Cheri, for another successful recipe!
Question for ya …
What is the one dish that you remember best from your childhood?
For me, it’s probably my great-grandmother’s noodles. And my mom made a mean steak!
Ever tried to cook a recipe from your significant other’s childhood?
Thoughts on The Bachelor?
I don’t want to say too much, in case people haven’t watched it yet. But let’s just say that I was super happy about one girl he got rid of, and SUPER shocked at the other one he let go! I wasn’t expecting that one at all!