Quality Treats: 4 Foods You Have To Take Time To Enjoy

Guest post contributed by Kara Masterson

In our fast-paced society, it seems like the faster that we can consume food, the better. Millions of Americans rush to fast food restaurants on their way home from work in order to grab something that can be put in their hands and scoffed down in under a half hour. However, some of the most special foods are the ones that take the time to enjoy. Plus, as it turns out, it’s much healthier for our bodies to consume food slowly in order to allow our digestive systems to build up enzymes that will break it down adequately. Here are some of our favorite foods that are meant to be savored, not inhaled.
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Homemade Spaghetti Sauce Recipe


Spaghetti has always been one of my favorite dishes to cook and eat!  There is just something special about  Italian food.  It is so rich and hearty.

This recipe is a family recipe passed down from my Aunt Candace.  She was a great inspiration to me in the kitchen.  I remember days when she would bring out the old,  I mean old, recipe cards to proudly show off.   She shared some pretty amazing things with me.   I am so happy that I have the opportunity to share this with you! 😉

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 40 minutes

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce Recipe


  • (1) lb ground beef
  • (1) lb Italian Sausage Mild
  • (1) 6oz can of Tomato Paste
  • (2) 15oz cans of Tomato Sauce
  • (1) 28oz can of Petite Diced Tomatoes
  • 1/2 Green Bell Pepper Diced or Chopped Finely
  • 1/2 Sweet Onion Diced or Chopped Finely
  • 1 Tbsp of Sweet Basil
  • 1 Tbsp of Italian Seasoning
  • 1-2 Bay Leaves
  • 2 Tbsp of Minced Garlic
  • 1 lb Spaghetti Pasta


  1. Place all meat into a large stock pot with diced onion and bell pepper
  2. Cook the meat and veggies until completely done
  3. Drain fat if desired
  4. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well
  5. Place lid on and cook on medium low to simmer for 2-3 hours stirring occasionally (the longer, the better!)
  6. Cook Pasta and Serve!


Tip for those of you who have not cooked with Bay Leaves, take them out when you serve the sauce over pasta. If you notice a little grease floating on the top of the sauce, don't panic. It is from the sausage. All you have to do is spoon it out on a napkin.


This is a great recipe to make when you know you’ll be home most of the day.  Sometimes I will let mine cook for 3 hours on low.  The house smells amazing after cooking this recipe.  When they can’t take it any longer, pop in a pound of pasta to boil for 10 minutes, drain and serve!

It is a great dish for freezing left-overs too.   Simply pour into freezer bags after cooling and freeze for a busy day when you have little or no time to prepare a delicious hot meal for your family.