Pasta with Red Sauce (Loaves and Fishes Cookbook)

October 2013 Meal

I made this recipe for my family last week!  We are 6 (but my son eats enough for 2!) –we had dinner twice and I gave a meal to a friend and froze the rest of the red sauce down–so if you do Once a Month Cooking–this would be a good recipe to make and freeze.

Red Sauce (make 2 gallons)

makes 1 gallon=16 cups=32 1/2 cup servings

We need two gallons of red sauce to feed 50–I would rather have too much than not enough.

Ingredients:

3 lbs of ground beef

2 cups of diced onions

2 cups of diced peppers

1 head of garlic minced (that is about 6-8 cloves)

8  25 oz jars of red sauce

Brown the ground beef with the onions, peppers and garlic.

Add 8 jars of store-bought red sauce.  Of course I try to buy organic :-) but make sure that you are buying 25 oz per jar–I’ve noticed that some jars only have 23 and when you are making a big batch like this 2 oz multiplied by 8 is 2 servings!

I let the red sauce simmer in a huge pan to let the flavors meld.

Pasta

I cooked up regular spaghetti and farfalle pasta to determine to see if there was a difference in how much it “grew” in the cooking process.  I discovered that the yield is the same BUT the ease of serving is much better with the smaller pasta.

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side by side comparison

1 cup of pasta 1/2 cup of red sauce

Making it for your own home:

For my family I add 2 cups of carrots and 2 cups of celery.  I use Laura’s ground beef, organic carrots, onions, peppers and celery–most prices are fairly close.  The ground beef is more expensive BUT I feel, at this time, it is the best choice–I’m doing more research of factory farming.  Most of my family eats a plant based diet so the cost of meat is less of an issue for us.  I can stay on budget while eating really good, healthy food grown without chemicals and pesticides.

I might use fettuccine or spaghetti for this recipe because in my house I’m not that concerned about serving size.  I know if I cook a pound of pasta we will eat it!

Be Blessed as you prepare food for your family, a gathering of friends or a homeless shelter.

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