Quick and Easy Farmhouse Sauce

Didi Dalaba


I have been making this recipe since my kids were very young. I wanted a quick recipe that would "mask added in veggies" for the kids, and also be economical to make. You can mix and match the spices or vegetables, and still have an amazing sauce!!

I don't know about you guys, but my fridge alway's has an abundance of carrots. So my *secret* is to julienne carrots and add to the sauce (just use a julienne slicer). I leave the julienned carrots long and as they soften, they "mold into the spaghetti", so the kids never knew, lol.

I hope your family enjoy's this sauce as much as mine does!


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20 Min


30 Min


1 lb
ground beef
1 small
onion diced
1 medium
green pepper diced
1 1/2 c
julienned/shredded carrot sticks
2 small
garlic cloves
1 tsp
garlic powder
2 Tbsp
*each* fresh basil, oregano, parsley diced fine or 1 tbls dried italian seasoning works just as well
3/4 tsp
cinnamon *secret ingredient* - amazing flavor
2 tsp
1 1/2 tsp
black pepper
1 Tbsp
14 oz
fire roasted tomatoes (i used muir glen organic)
28 oz
crushed tomatoes

Directions Step-By-Step

In a large skillet or medium saucepan, add the ground beef breaking up into medium crumbles till beef is no longer pink.
Once beef has been browned, to the skillet add; the diced onions, green peppers, and julienned carrots.
Let simmer for a couple of minutes to the vegetables start to soften.
Add the crushed garlic, the garlic powder, the cinnamon, fresh or dried herbs and the salt and pepper. Simmer for 1-2 minutes till the flavors are all combined.
Meanwhile, open up both can of tomatoes. First add the fire roasted tomatoes.
Once incorporated, add the tomato sauce. Add the sugar, stirring till thoroughly combined.
Cover, turn burner on low and simmer 25-30 minutes stirring occasionally.

This makes an amazing meaty thick sauce!

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Beef, Pasta, Other Sauces
Regional Style: Italian
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids, Healthy
Hashtags: #easy, #Fun, #tasty, #thick, #meaty