I spent years perfecting one of my family's favorite dinners: spaghetti. As I evolved in my nontoxic journey, I found my cooking took a turn too. One day, while having a major craving for spaghetti, I realized I was out of a few herbs we needed to make my sauce from scratch, and of course in proper Murphy's Law fashion, I was unable to go to the store (and had no one to send to the store for me). My garden wasn't set up either, which left me sitting at my desk losing my mind. Man did I want spaghetti! But how to overcome this predicament? I created my own secret pasta sauce recipe using a few unconventional ingredients that totally blew my mind.
How did I overcome not having any oregano, marjoram, or thyme on hand? Well… on one of my shelves I happened to have oregano vitality, marjoram vitality, and thyme vitality essential oils… and totally had an ah-hah moment! I thought to myself… I can still make spaghetti happen! Oh happy day, my excitement returned… my pasta cravings will be catered to… this mama will make her taste buds happy! And a new recipe was born!
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My Secret Pasta Sauce Recipe:
- 1 Lb ground beef
- >2 cloves minced garlic
- ½ medium sweet onion minced
- 2 15 oz cans tomato sauce
- 1 can tomato puree
- ¼ c balsamic vinegar
- ¼ c olive oil
- 1 T sugar
- 2 drops Thyme Vitality Essential Oil
- 2 drops Oregano Vitality EO
- 1 drop Marjoram Vitality Essential Oil
- And 4 or 5 Fresh Basil leaves (because I LOVE fresh basil!)
- Ground black pepper to taste
Heat on medium and brown your beef. Drain fat then put back into the pan and add your garlic and onion cook til onion is translucent then add the sauce, puree vinegar, oil and sugar. Stir and bring to a boil. Then simmer on low for about 20 min before turning off the heat and adding your EOs and basil. Stir to mix and Enjoy with your favorite pasta or baked Spaghetti squash! Pst- make sure you save this recipe!! Pin the graphic below to your Pinterest!
Turning kitchen accidents into masterpieces
I was nervous when my family started digging in… and was pleasantly surprised to see not one of them – my husband or children – realized my mishap of not having the proper herbs in my spice cabinet!
It turned out absolutely delicious. Well rounded, robust flavoring. The aroma made my mouth water… we couldn't wait to eat it. Of course, it goes well with both pasta and spaghetti squash, which makes my health nut mind happy too.
Now, I love essential oils for their incredible health benefits… and before creating this sauce I didn't give them much thought for cooking… but oh wow did it turn out delicious! I will have to start looking at my oils stash for future cooking adventures every time I'm out of a herb or spice in my kitchen.
I hope you enjoy this as much as I have!
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