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Cooking With Your Kids

Spaghetti - the Confer Way!


Meat option

  • 1lb of sausage
  • 1lb of ground beef
  • 3-4 cans of Crushed Tomatoes (either regular or with basil, 
    oregano and garlic) 28 oz. sized cans OR 12-15 fresh tomatoes
    (peeled, chopped and blended in a food processor)
  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • A bunch of dried basil (probably 3-5 Tbsp)
  • A bunch of black pepper ( probably 1 - 2 tsp)
  • 1 TBSP of Sugar (optional)
  • 2 TSBP olive oil
  • 1/3 cup of grated Parmesan or Romano Cheese
  • Minced Green Peppers (optional)


  1. Heat the olive oil in a 5+ qt. pot over medium heat, and add the onion.
  2. Saute for 10 minutes or so, stirring often and being careful not to burn it.
  3. Add the chopped or pressed garlic.
  4. Heat for another one to two minutes, making sure not to burn the garlic, then add all the tomatoes, black pepper, basil and sugar. Stirring often, bring to a low boil.
  5. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 2-3 hours stirring often.
  6. For the first half of the simmer time, do so with the pot uncovered, then cover.
  7. Add the cheese, and a handful of chopped fresh herbs oregano, basil and parsley. stir in and simmer for an additional 5 minutes or so.
  8. (Meat Option) Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir sausage ( I cook sausage separate) cook ground beef add onion, green bell pepper, and garlic in the hot oil until both are browned and crumbly, about 20 minutes; drain and discard grease.


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