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Monday, March 23, 2009


When baking, follow directions. When cooking, go by your own taste.
Laiko Bahrs

This is an easy, flavorful spaghetti sauce. I'm not able to give exact measurements because I toss things in and it always comes out a little different each time. Sometimes it's so good you can't believe it and other times it's just good. Modify to your own taste.

I use a pound of ground turkey or pork
Medium onion coarsely chopped
8 cloves of garlic coarsely chopped
Fennel seed, I put about a palm full in

I saute the first ingredients in olive oil until the meat is browned

Add two cans of diced tomatoes & a can of crushed tomatoes. I put about 1/2 can of water in also.
About a palm full of dried basil (more if using fresh)
I like some bite so I use crushed red pepper too. Use what your taste likes, or not at all.
Salt to taste
I use garlic stuffed olives or dark olives. I'll also use capers.

I let it simmer for 30 -45 minutes. Until it is thick.

Really easy and better than anything you will buy in a jar. And adaptable to individual taste.


  1. olives, you had me until olives :)

  2. Leave them out! Or try capers instead. I started making this when food prices climbed so high. Paying $8.00 for Emeril sauce got to be too much for me. : )

  3. sounds sooo good. going to have to try this one out. i'm an olive fan,:)

  4. Christy, to feed your family I would put at least one more can of crushed tomatoes into the sauce and maybe another can of diced tomatoes. You don't need more meat, as I made it yesterday it was really meaty! Sometimes I use a 1/2 pound of meat, just depends on what I'm looking for. I also make a version of this with fresh tomatoes and then I don't use any meat. I will put red & yellow bell peppers in with it. Very good!

    I'm have leftover spaghetti for lunch. : )

  5. Sounds wonderful! I'm not a fan of olives either - I like to eat them as an hors d'oeuvres or as a snack but I don't like them mixed in anything. So, I would use the capers (which I love mixed in just about everything).

    This is a very filling, economical and flavorful recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Yums! Thanks for the love on my blog <3 Entertaining sure is motivation. Thanks for helping me find the positive. I been having a tough time with that lately which is unusual.
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  7. Ha! I'm not Martha and I'm the only keeper my horses have, but some of them do get massage and acupuncture!

  8. sounds great--especially with the olives. :-) and red chili flakes. yummy.


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