Valentine’s Day is a week away! Cook up something special for the whole family this year, with Valentine’s crafts like these Lacy Paper Notes or deliciously sweet recipes like Pitter-Patter Pancakes!
You can also create a custom gift that your child will cherish for years to come with the personalized book, The Love of Baby. The soft, rhyming text and charming, colorful illustrations in this personalized book create the perfect lap read for parent and newborn. Customize with baby’s name, skin tone and hair color for an extra special gift.
Kids’ Favorite Spaghetti Sauce
from Valentine Treats by Sara Perry
Back in the day, this was my favorite spaghetti sauce as a child – I loved it chunky. My daughter loved it too, but smooth (hooray for the hand blender). These days, my grandson sure does love this sauce, chunky or smooth. Your kids will too.
You will need:
• 1 lb. lean ground beef
• 1 lb. Italian chicken sausage
• 1 tbsp. olive oil
• 1 to 1½ cups chopped onion
• 3 cloves minced garlic
• 2 medium celery ribs, diced
• 2 carrots, peeled and shredded
• 1 tbsp. dried oregano leaves
• 1 tbsp. dried basil leaves
• 1 tsp. celery salt
• ½ tsp. dried red pepper flakes
• 1 tsp. paprika
• 1 can (14 oz.) tomato sauce
• 1 can (11½ oz.) tomato juice
• 1 can (6 oz.) tomato paste
• ¼ cup red table wine (optional)
• ½ cup water
In a skillet, over medium heat, brown the ground beef and sausage. (You won’t need any additional fat; the sausage will provide enough.) Use a wooden spoon to crumble and mix the meats.
Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven over medium heat, add the oil and onion and sauté until onion is limp, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic, celery and carrots and continue to sauté for 3 minutes. Stir in the oregano, bail, celery salt, red pepper flakes and paprika and continue sauté for 2 minutes.
Using a slotted spoon, transfer the browned meat in the Dutch over. Stir in the tomato sauce, juice and paste; wine; and water. Bring the mixture to a boil. Turn the heat to low and continue to simmer uncovered for the 30 minutes. Turn off the heat, cover and let the sauce cool to room temperature. If desired, use a hand blender to pulse the sauce several times for a smoother consistency. Reheat and serve over favorite pasta. Refrigerate of up to 3 days, or freeze for up to 4 months. Makes about 8 cups – enjoy!
Happy Valentine’s Day!
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