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Spaghetti and Garlic Bread

(This picture shows the sauce without meat, and with meatballs instead)

 Spaghetti is a fan favorite at our house.  I feel like there are few dinners that all three boys like, as well as my husband and myself.  When I find one that works I keep it in the rotation.  This one is not homemade, because who has time for that during the work week?  I do add extra veggies and herbs to make it taste a bit more homemade, and its a good way to sneak in more vegetables for your kids! 



For the sauce:


  • 1 jar of organic Tomato & Basil pasta sauce (from Aldi)
  • 1 can of tomatoes
  • 1-2 zucchini chopped (or your choice of veggies)
  • 4-6 chopped garlic cloves
  • 1/2 an onion chopped
  • 1 pound organic ground beef, 90% lean
  • Oregano and Basil to taste.  I don't measure these out, but probably add about 1/2 tsp of each.
  • 1-2 tablespoons Olive Oil





  • Add the olive oil and heat over low to medium heat
  • Add the garlic and saute for about a minute
  • Next add the ground beef and cook until its almost cooked through
  • Add the chopped onion and any extra veggies you like
  • Cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring frequently
  • Add the jar of pasta sauce & the can of (drained) tomatoes
  • Mix everything together and cook on low/medium heat for about 15 minutes
  • After 10 minutes of cooking the sauce, add the oregano and basil

For the Garlic Bread:

I buy a loaf of french bread from Aldi, then slice and freeze the bread into individual portions. 


  • French bread 
  •  1/3 cup Butter (really depends on how much bread you're toasting)
  • 4-6 chopped garlic cloves


  • Defrost the frozen bread
  • Mix butter with chopped garlic
  • Spread evenly on the sliced bread
  • Toast in the toaster oven until slightly browned

Pair with your favorite pasta and you're all set!

Any questions or comments, please leave them below,

Emily XX


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