Spaghetti with Mushroom Meat Sauce
Oh yum. That’s almost all I can say about this spaghetti with mushroom meat sauce. Blending mushrooms into the ground beef is a great way to incorporate some more mushrooms into your diet without sacrificing any flavor. It also does a pretty good job of “sneaking” the mushroom flavor into a big batch of spaghetti even with picky kids around who don’t “like” mushrooms…that they can see. Muah ha ha ha ha.
You have to be a bit of an evil genius when you are feeding so many kids. There is never a meal that ALL 7 of them will like, and some nights I don’t even get a majority. Kids, man. I tell ya what.
This recipe was a hit all around though, and one that I make regularly. You can substitute your favorite kind of mushroom into this if you’d like. It doesn’t have to be criminis.
Are there any add-ins you love for your spaghetti sauce? I’ve really started liking adding a 1/4 cup of diced red bell peppers into the mix. It adds a subtle bell pepper flavor into the sauce that I love, and hey. EXTRA veggies. I’ll take all I can get.
More pasta recipes coming your way!
Spaghetti with Meaty Mushroom Sauce
This sauce is packed full of mushroom and meat. Even my kids love this awesome sauce!
- 3 cups diced crimini mushrooms
- 2 cups sliced crimini mushrooms
- 1/2 cup diced onions
- 1/2 pound lean ground beef
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tsp minced garlic
- 1/2 cup cabernet sauvignon
- 1 6 oz can tomato paste
- 1 28 oz can tomato sauce
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 teaspoon beef Better Than Bouillon
- 2 teaspoons sugar
Place the ground beef, onions, and mushrooms in a large non-stick saute pan. Season with salt, pepper, and dried herbs. Cook over medium-high heat until the beef is fully cooked. Drain excess fat.
Add olive oil to pan along with the garlic. Cook for 1 minute. Add the wine, stir, and cook for 2-3 minutes until most of the excess liquid has cooked off. Add the tomato sauce, tomato paste, water, and better than bouillon, and sugar. Stir to mix everything in well.
Let simmer over low heat for 1-2 hours.