Spaghetti night. Oh, how I love thee. You are guaranteed to make my belly happy and my face smeared with red. Sometimes my shirt even joins the celebration. I’m not shy when it comes to this family favorite. I’m like my toddler that way.
I love that I can whip up this meal in about 30 minutes, but it can easily hang out for longer if you’re in the middle of something or need to step away to handle a 3-year-old’s meltdown about her favorite pjs being dirty. Sometimes these types of major life crises come up and dinner just has to wait. This dinner is happy to oblige. And when you’re ready, it will be waiting and warm and oh so satisfying.
Here’s my recipe for simple homemade spaghetti sauce. I promise, it’s easy and fast – you can have it ready in as little as 20 minutes if you’re trying to get dinner on the table or it can hang out and simmer for an hour. I like it when my food is low-maintenance. Makes going homemade so much easier.
I use ground turkey (the 7% fat kind) for our spaghetti (like I do for my tacos) but you can definitely sub in ground beef or a mix of ground meats if you prefer. And of course, only whole wheat pasta will do around here.
I almost always serve this dinner with my simple spinach salad. Spaghetti and salad just go together in my book. Unless I’m eating my summer spaghetti, which is overflowing with veggies and takes up the whole plate.
Spaghetti’s for dinner, with your own homemade sauce. Prepare to swoon.
(And if you’re more a meatball type, I’ve got you covered with my easy baked meatballs!)
** What’s your favorite side with spaghetti?