This is a quick and delicious tomato sauce that is great to use in casseroles such as Baked Ziti or Lasagna if you're not into making the really long all day sauce (which is def. better but more time consuming). This is my own recipe.
1 15oz can diced tomatoes
1 25oz can tomato sauce
1/2 onion, diced to preferred size
1 lb. ground beef (or turkey or whatever meat)
1 -2 cups button mushrooms (the kind in the blue foam square containers) (optional)
1/2 tsp. oregano (optional....to taste, I dont always feel like oregano so I dont always add it)
1 stick salted butter
In a large pot stir together all tomato sauce and diced tomatoes, plus half a stick of butter. Low Heat. Leave to simmer while you prepare everything else.
In a medium saucepan sautee mushrooms in half a stick of butter.
In large saucepan/frying pan toss meat and onions together. Stir continuously until meat is browned thoroughly.
Dont forget to stir your mushrooms as well! Sautee mushrooms until they are tender, smaller in size and darker in color.
Drain meat and onions of fat.
Throw meat and onions, and mushrooms into the tomato sauce.
Add spices to taste... oregano... I use two or three ground pinches... dont add too much salt and pepper as the butter already has salt and so doe sth esauce from the can.
That's it. If you make this at lunch time and let it simmer covered for the rest of the day it will taste great by dinner time but you can use it right away. Obviously you can add whatever you want to this recipe, like bell peppers or olives, whatever you want.