A few years ago, we went to the Spaghetti Factory to celebrate a friend’s birthday. Although I can’t think of many other times that I’ve ordered spaghetti at a restaurant, I thought, “How could I not?!” After all, we were at the Spaghetti Factory!
To my disappointment, it seemed like nothing more than a plain can of spaghetti sauce poured over spaghetti noodles. No flavour, no texture, no nothing to actually deserve the name “Spaghetti Factory”.
And so I leave you with my flavourful version instead. Sure, it’s a little more labour-intensive than just pouring sauce out of a can, but it’s totally worth it in my (biased) opinion. Best part is it’s so tasty and filling without having to break the bank! I reckon that if you already have all the seasonings and only need to buy the meat and sauces, this will cost a maximum of $15 – less if you had stocked up during a sale. I also esimate you could probably get 6-8 meals out of this, so less than $2 per serving isn’t bad 🙂
Pro tip: make extra and freeze in small portions for quick and easy meals!
- Half a medium onion, chopped finely
- 1-2 TBS of minced garlic (to taste)
- 28 oz canned crushed tomatoes
- 6 oz tomato paste
- 1 700mL can of Classico Tomato & Basil sauce (or similar)
- 2 TBS white sugar
- 1.5 tsp dried basil leaves
- 0.5 tsp fennel seeds
- 1 tsp Italian seasoning
- Garlic salt
- 2 TBS parsley (dried or fresh, chopped)
- Optional: parsely for garnish, freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- 1.75 pounds of ground beef
– OR –
1 pound of ground beef & 3/4 pound sweet Italian sausage
(Adjust amount of meat to your preference. I only used 1 lb of ground beef this time and found it to be sufficient.)
Step 1: In a big wok, saute the chopped onions on medium heat until they start turning golden.
Step 2: Add the minced garlic and saute it until it starts turning golden, but don’t let it brown completely.
Step 3: Add the ground beef (and Italian sausage if you opted for it). Break the sausage into smaller chunks and stir occasionally until well browned.
Step 4: Stir in crushed tomatoes, tomato paste and tomato sauce.
Step 5: Season with sugar, basil, fennel seeds, Italian seasoning, parsley and salt and pepper, to taste. Depending on consistency and your preference, add water (I added 0.5 cups).
Step 6: Simmer for 1.5 hours for best flavour, stirring occasionally.
Step 7: Boil spaghetti, serve with fresh pasta sauce, garnish with parsley and freshly grated Parmesan cheese if desired, then ENJOY!