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November 12th, 2006

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Summer Harvest Spaghetti
Summer Harvest Spagetti
By Ailsa Somersgill (SheTies), Canada

This is a hearty spaghetti sauce made with lots of vegetables commonly found all year round but especially so at harvest time. It can be made as a meat sauce or a vegetable sauce which also doubles as a Cacciatore sauce. Despite the ingredient list it can be ready in 30-35 minutes. I hope you enjoy this recipe; it's one of my favourites. As with most spaghetti sauces this one is even better the next day after the flavours blend while in the refrigerator overnight.


  • 56 oz Crushed Tomatoes.

  • 1 cup water.

  • 1 small onion.

  • 4-8 mushrooms depending on size and preference.

  • 2 celery stalks.

  • 2 carrots.

  • broccoli.

  • ˝ small green pepper.

  • zucchini (optional and great for meatless sauce).

  • egg plant (optional and great for meatless sauce).

  • 500 grams ground beef or turkey (optional).

  • 1 tbsp dried oregano.

  • 1 tbsp dried basil.

  • 1 tbsp dried parsley.

  • ground pepper.

  • garlic (optional).

  • cooking oil.

  • spaghetti noodles

Method - Summer Harvest Spaghetti

    1. In a medium skillet brown the ground beef or turkey.

    2. Start heating some water for noodles.

    3. While beef/turkey is browning chop up small onion and mushrooms.

    4. Once beef/turkey is browned add ˝ of onions, mushrooms and garlic to taste.

    5. In a 3.5 quart pot add 2 tbsp of cooking oil. I use Canola oil.

    6. Add last ˝ of onion and mushrooms, sauté until onions are clear (add eggplant if using).

    7. While beef/turkey is cooking and mushrooms and onions are sautéing chop up the remainder of vegetables. You want about 6-6.5 cups of fresh vegetables.

    8. Add 1 cup of water to sauce pot and throw in all of the remaining vegetables. Cover with a lid to steam them.

    Steaming the veggies

    9. Once beef/turkey is cooked remove from heat.

    10. When water is boiling add noodles.

    11. The vegetables should be fully steamed now and you can add the crushed tomatoes.

    12. Stir in spices adding pepper and garlic (if desired) to taste. 1 tsp of each is a good starting point.

    13. If using beef/turkey add it to the sauce now.

    14. Cook sauce until noodles are done.

    15. Serve with parmesan and or shredded cheese if desired and enjoy. ~ AS

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