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Super Cheap & Easy Dinner : Secret Ingredient Pasta Sauce

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This is a 30 min or less meal that is a go to in our house. My super secret ingredient pasta sauce.

Ingredients you will need:

  • 1 medium size yellow onion
  • 1 can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1lb ground beef/or turkey
  • 1 jar/can store brand pasta sauce
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen spinach (optional)
  • 2 TBSP butter NOT margarine or oil
  • 1 pkg Hidden Valley ranch salad dressing and seasoning mix
  • 1 box penne or spaghetti pasta
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella or Parmesan cheese (optional)

Begin by dicing the onion and adding to large pan with the 2TBSP butter. you will need to put on a pot of water to boil. caramelize the onions. when they are nice and brown will adding the spinach until soft(optional), add the pasta of your choice to the water to soften up, then you will add in the ground beef/turkey and brown it. as you are browning the meat you will add in the package of hidden valley ranch dressing and seasoning mix.(secret ingredient)

once the meat is browned you will add in the drained can of petite diced tomatoes, mix in, then add the store brand pasta sauce. let simmer for 5 min.

drain the noodles, and add sauce onto, sprinkle with cheese if desired.

typically we serve with a slice of bread toasted, buttered, and sprinkled with garlic powder. and olives.

and thats it!!!

we freeze the leftover sauce in a gallon freezer bag FLAT, so next time we just have to toss in fridge to thaw and make some pasta.

to make this go further i will first scoop out 1 cup of the store sauce and set aside in a sealed container to use on meatball subs.

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