Cooking in Bulk: The Master Plan

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Casseroles, spaghetti sauce, soups and stews, and pasta bakes all make great large batches that reheat well the next day. Spaghetti sauce is one of the greatest reusable pot meals as it tends to improve the day after as the flavors mix. All you need to do the next night is boil some more pasta and serve with a fresh salad or steamed veggies. To get a great mix of protein and veggies all in one sauce, try this recipe:

Chunky Spaghetti Stew

2 jars prepared pasta sauce (traditional or a veggie-included chunky blend)

1 small onion, diced

1 green pepper, diced

1 red pepper, diced

4 cloves of garlic, peeled and crushed

4 links cooked Italian sausage, sliced

1/2 pound ground beef

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

1/2 teaspoon dried basil

Salt and pepper to taste

Spray a large pot with non-stick cooking spray and add the ground beef. Fry on medium-high heat until browned, then add in the onion, peppers and garlic. Continue to cook on medium-high until the onions are translucent and the peppers soften. Add the tomato sauce, seasoning and cooked sausage then mix to heat through.