My little guy requested spaghetti tonight and I was out of homemade canned spaghetti sauce, tomato paste, and tomato sauce. The only tomato products I had on hand were diced tomatoes and catsup. Undeterred, I set out to make my little boy spaghetti.
The last week I have had to make quite a few substitutions when making dinner and to be honest, the last couple nights I have just been making stuff up! Pantry spaghetti sauce is an example of a recipe that I just made up as I went along. I am sharing it, not because I think it is the best spaghetti sauce ever, but as an example of how you can make do with what you have on hand if you choose to.
This is what I came up with…
1 lb. hamburger
1/2 onion diced
4 cloves garlic, mined
2 stalks celery, diced
2 cans diced tomatoes with juice
2 – 3 tablespoons catsup
2 teaspoons oregano
1 teaspoon sage
1 teaspoon basil
2 teaspoons parsley
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Brown hamburger with onions, garlic, and celery.
Drain excess fat. (I used very lean hamburger, so I skipped this step)
Add diced tomatoes with juice, catsup, and spices. Cook over medium-high heat until it begins to boil. Reduce heat and simmer for at least 15 minutes.
I warned my family that this was going to taste way different than any spaghetti sauce they have ever had before. I wasted my time working to manage their expectations – they all enjoyed it. This recipe isn’t going to replace my homemade spaghetti sauce made with ingredients fresh from the garden, but it will definitely work in a pinch.