Category Archives: Pasta Dishes

Poor Man’s Awesome Spaghetti Sauce

I love to make spaghetti sauce or as some call it, gravy.  When you read this, you may huff and puff when you see how I made this.  I mentioned yesterday that I am on a goal to eat cheap this week and tonight is no exception.  The commissary had some cheap sauce on sale so I decided to give it a whirl.  Here we go, off into the wild spaghetti yonder…….


As you can see, that Del Monte Meat sauce is just staring at you in the background and you have to tell yourself this can’t be good.  That can was on 50 cents and my Jewish blood said get it you cheap bastard. Not pictured here is red wine vinegar and red pepper flakes.  I forget to set them out as I prepped.


Chop up a medium onion and man do I love these!


Fresh basil  from the garden just waiting to make this sauce happy.


1 lb of frozen turkey because I need to keep my nerdish ninja figure in check.  I added this after sautéing the onion for about 8 minutes.


After the turkey is browned off, I added 1 tablespoon of chopped garlic and 1 tablespoon of tomato paste.  I then cooked this off for about 3 minutes to work in the garlic and paste real good into the turkey.  I also added 1 tablespoon of red wine vinegar.  I normally add a quarter cup of red wine to most of my sauces but unfortunately we are out of red wine.  If you find this too acidic, add a tablespoon of sugar as well.  I love vinegar.  It’s my southern genes.


Here I have added the tomato sauce, Del Monte Meat sauce, 1 tablespoon of oregano, and the chopped basil.


Here is the sauce after it has simmered for 30 minutes.

I then served this over some tortellini that I had purchased from Costco awhile back.  On the side was some frozen garlic bread that I baked in the oven and I forgot to cook my baked potatoes.  Sad panda.