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Hi guys... I thought I'd join the recipe group after perfecting my spaghetti sauce!

I usually eat pretty 'clean' and with my fitness lifestyle I make a lot of sacrifices of what I don't eat but rarely, so when I indulge in some good comfort food, I really look forward to it. I am excited to share with you my healthy, hearty, delicious and EASY sauce. Well, not exactly from scratch, but the way I put it all together and simmer really customizes it .

My ex and I used to make a similar sauce, and it was the best I'd ever tasted. I think mine is better now lol.

Do they have Hunt's canned tomato products available internationally? They're a large company, so I am guessing they might? If not, I appologize, and I think something similar will taste amazing as well .

Before anyone thinks Hunt's? Canned ? I'll tell you... when I was unsatisfied for a while looking for a way to make a really good sauce, I talked to a co-worker who was an amazing cook of Italian food, and she let me in on a little secret of hers, that besides scratch, Hunt's is the way to go! This recipe with this brand makes a more 'tangy' tasting rather than sweet sauce fyi

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Lean (7%) ground beef 1 lb.

1 can Hunt's Spaghetti Sauce Garlic Herb flavor

1 can Hunt's Tomato Sauce

1 can no salt added Diced Tomatoes (I'm sure any brand is similar)

1 can sliced Mushrooms (I use big can, cause I LOVE mushrooms)

Fresh garlic and salt OR Garlic Salt to taste

In large pot, combine all canned products together and add garlic and/or seasoning to your preferred taste. Brown and crumble ground beef in skillet. Drain, then add cooked beef to the sauce. Cook just to a boil, then immediately turn down flame to simmer on low. Simmer uncovered for 1 - 1.5 hours. To let simmer is imperative, that is the 'secret' to this sauce! It makes the meat tender and infuses savory beef juices into the sauce, otherwise the beef will have a different 'mouth feel' and sauce will not come out nearly as good.

That's it!! Doesn't sound too impressive does it, since it sounds like I'm just opening cans LOL. BUT.... you'll be surprised. I am VERY picky about my pasta sauces, and even at an Italian restaurant I am rarely satisfied.

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Okay, HOW to eat it.... get creative ! You can of course use pasta or whole grain pasta, but it is also great on baked yams (I am sure regular potato would taste great too). Or, whole wheat breat and eat it like it's a bowl of chili or a Sloppy Joe sandwich.

Oh! Almost forgot... If you like cheese, add as a garnish on top. Either sprinkle Parmesan or any kind of sliced cheese to melt on top .

If you're looking for an EASY, healthy and hearty meal, why not try it!

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Mm, I love spaghetti, Julie! This sounds lovely and I'll be sure to keep specifically Hunt's on hand

Meat sauce is my favourite, as well

I'm also really into healthy eating, so comfort food is always a treat

Now it's lunchtime around here, luckily, or I'd be starving after reading this.

Thanks for sharing, Julie!
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Mmm...I can just smell it from here at work in City of Industry! Be at your place for lunch in 30mins, ok Jules?
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The next time I break down and eat pasta, which I love but avoid, I will give this a shot. Thank's for sharing Julie...
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I'm a real fussy eater and hate tomato, but I like to try new things. I might make some for my Mum. I think she'd like it. Thanks for sharing. If I give it a go, I'll let you know how it goes down.
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Mm, I love spaghetti, Julie! This sounds lovely and I'll be sure to keep specifically Hunt's on hand

Meat sauce is my favourite, as well

I'm also really into healthy eating, so comfort food is always a treat

Now it's lunchtime around here, luckily, or I'd be starving after reading this.

Thanks for sharing, Julie!
Oh then you MUST try it Gigi! . I was surprised when it was recommended that I try Hunt's. I thought 'how could this be good, it's so cheap and comes in a can'. It is usually .99 or $1.00 everywhere. SO much cheaper than other sauces, and IMO, superior .

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Mmm...I can just smell from here at work in City of Industry! Be at your place for lunch in 30mins, ok Jules?
Hahaha Nick, that must be the Taco Bell near you you're smelling

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The next time I break down and eat pasta, which I love but avoid, I will give this a shot. Thank's for sharing Julie...
Oh Randy, just break down and do it! You haven't had it in a while, right? What's one day? You deserve some pasta tonight. Go on... you know you want to! Let me know how it turns out!

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I'm a real fussy eater and hate tomato, but I like to try new things. I might make some for my Mum. I think she'd like it. Thanks for sharing. If I give it a go, I'll let you know how it goes down.
I hate RAW tomato. It makes me angry to find raw tomato in my food lol. The exception is salsa and bruschetta cause it masks the raw tomato flavor . Cooked tomatoes I love, but it does have a tendency to give a bit of an upset stomach cause of the acidity. I bet your mum would love to try it .
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I LOVE spaghetti!! I will definitely try this recipe. Never thought about adding chopped canned tomatoes to the mix, but it makes sense
I love lots of parmesan cheese on mine Thanks for the recipe!
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I love lots of parmesan cheese on mine Thanks for the recipe!
Dee, please let me know if you try this! Actually, the diced tomatoes were discovered by "accident", but they happened to be just what it needed to make it go from really good to great (IMO )!

Once I had forgotten to buy the small can of tomato sauce to add to the spaghetti sauce, so I looked in the cupboard and found these "no salt added Diced Tomatoes" and decided to experiment.... my mom gave them to me once, and I thought 'what in the world am I going to do with these?' LOL . The way it turned out thank goodness she gave me those! It still does need the 4 oz can of tomato sauce as well, to make the consistency perfect.
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Sounds good!

When I make sauce I always use the Hunts Diced Tomatoes with Basil, Garlic and Oregano.
I saute fresh garlic first, add chopped onions, however many cans of the Hunts B, G & O Diced Tomatoes then add additional basil and oregano to the sauce. Since I don't use additional Sauce and often don't add tomato paste, I simmer mine for several hours to let it cook down and thicken.
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That sounds great Deborah .

The tomato sauce I use is usually the B,G&O but depending on where I buy it, some stores only have the plain kind. However, the main Spaghetti Sauce I prefer the Garlic and Herb flavor . I've tried some of their other flavors, and they're actually all good, but the G&H is my favorite.

As far as the diced tomatoes, I have to try it in B,G&O . I usually hate 'no salt added', but those diced tomatoes were surprisingly good being plain like that. They really add to the tangy flavor, and I LOVE anything tart or sour

When my ex and I used to make the sauce, we always used fresh garlic too. Lately I've just done it the lazy way and used Lawry's Garlic Salt instead. Real garlic is of course best!

I sometimes also use artichoke hearts. Cut them up in small pieces. Onions are good too. I'm usually satisfied with just the mushrooms though .

Today I ate it as an open face sandwich, on some wheat bread. Mmmm
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