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My Mama's & Gramma's Traditional Meat Sauce with Black Bean Spaghetti

by Amy Carroll March 06, 2017

My Mama's & Gramma's Traditional Meat Sauce with Black Bean Spaghetti

From the blog: I know I left y'all with a cliffhanger yesterday, so, for those of y'all on the edge of your seat wondering if my pot roast last night was a bust or not (and I know there's oh so many of you), it was pretty good. I think it could have used a little more salt & pepper. BUT, it was not tough at all, so that's a good thing. That seems to be the most consistent way I screw up a roast.

On to today.

Okay. I decided to start supper early today for one reason and one reason alone. See, I'm actually a photographer, and I only have good light in my house for photos during the day... (Read more HERE.)

RECIPE: My Mama's & Gramma's Traditional Meat Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 package of Pederson's Natural Farms No Sugar Italian Ground Sausage
  • 1 6 oz. can of tomato paste (Check the label for added sugar. Or don't, but it's really a pretty simple change to make.)
  • 1 14.5 oz. can of petite diced tomatoes (Again, check the label.)
  • 1 14.5 oz. can of crushed tomatoes (Or, if you live in a tiny town like me where there is literally not one single 14.5oz can of crushed tomatoes sold, you can always buy a bigger 28oz can instead. Only thing... you'll have more sauce than pasta.)
  • 1 tablespoons Italian seasoning (Really, y'all, I never measure this. I just dump it in. I tried super hard to get a measurement for y'all, and this is my best guess. But, it's really just a "to taste" thing.)
  • 1 box Explore Cuisines Organic Black Bean Spaghetti, cooked according to package directions.
  1. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to a large pot.
  2. Add diced onions and cook over medium heat until they start to become a little translucent.
  3. Add Pederson's No Sugar Italian Ground Sausage to the pot. Use a wooden spoon to break it into little chunks. Continue to stir occasionally until sausage is cooked through.
  4. Stir in tomato paste to combine with onions and sausage.
  5. Pour in crushed tomatoes and petite diced tomatoes. Stir.
  6. Add Italian seasoning, to taste. Stir. 
  7. Cover and simmer over low heat stirring occasionally until ready to serve.
  8. Top cooked Explore Cuisines Organic Black Bean Spaghetti with desired amount of sauce.
  9. Eat & know that you're doing so much better than if you'd made that pasta with regular ol' pasta and sugar filled sausage and tomatoes!


  • -If you like your sauce thinner, use tomato sauce instead of crushed tomatoes.
  • -If you like your sauce chunkier, use regular ol' diced tomatoes instead of petite diced.
  • -If the sauce is too bold & tomato-ey to you, ease up on the paste. (I would definitely suggest NOT leaving all the paste, though! Seriously... 1/2 can minimum. Please promise me that?)
  • You can use any combination of tomatoes (petite diced, diced, crushed, or sauce, and it'll be totally fine. Believe me... I can't remember what I use or the quantities from time to time, but it always turns out great!
  • -If you're super ambitious, make the whole dang thing from scratch!

Amy Carroll
Amy Carroll


Hey there! I'm Amy, and I'm here to share my attempt at healthy eating with you during the month of March. Now, if you came here thinking you were going to read the tales of a Whole30, Crossfit rockstar, you are sorely mistaken. I'm not even Paleo. Or Keto. And, I don't even work out... like... ever. I eat dairy. I'm just looking to find a healthier me by finding healthy alternatives to my everyday struggles.

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