Brad’s Basic Pasta Sauce

Here is the recipe for my basic red sauce.
½ lb of ground beef
½ lb of spicy Italian sausage meat (out of casing)
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can tomato paste
1 diced green pepper
1 diced onion
4-5 diced stalks of celery
4-5 diced mushrooms
3 cloves of minced garlic
1 tbsp of dried basil
1 tbsp of dried oregano
1 tbsp of dried parsley
1 tsp of dried chilli flakes
2 tsp of salt
1 tsp of pepper
2 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
Brown the ground beef and sausage in a deep skillet or saucepan (I use my wok).  Be sure to remove the sausage from the casing.  Once the meat has browned, drain fat and add the pepper, onion, celery, mushrooms and garlic.  Cook on med-high heat until the veggies soften (about 10-15 mins).  If your veggies are sticking to the bottom of the pan and burning, add a few tablespoons of water to your pan.  Once the veggies are semi-soft add the tomatoes and tomato paste.  Stir everything together.  Add the remaining ingredients and let it simmer on medium heat for at least 15 minutes.  The longer you let it simmer the better it tastes.  Remember to stir everyone few minutes.  Be sure to taste it and adjust seasoning as you see fit.
This is a very nice and simple sauce.  It works well on any pasta.  Also you can drop the meat and add shrimp and/or scallops for seafood pasta.  You could also leave the meat out, bake some meatballs and have classic spaghetti and meatballs.  This is just a great alternative to cracking open a can and dumping it on noodles.

Pig Hugged Meatloaf

I saw some examples of this online and tried it at home.  It worked great!
1lb ground beef
½ lb of bacon
1c breadcrumbs
1 lrg egg
2 tbs worcestershire sauce
1 tbs onion salt
1 tbs garlic powder
2 tsp pepper
1 tsp parsley
Preheat your oven to 350F.  Combine raw beef, egg and the seasonings in a bowl.  Add the bread crumbs ¼ c at a time.  Mix thoroughly by hand (spoons won’t work).  When the meat sticks together you don’t need to add anymore.  You should be able to make a ball with it.
Line the bottom of a bread pan with ¼ lb of the bacon.  Pack the beef into the pan.  Lay the rest of the bacon on top of the beef.  Bake in the oven for about an hour.
This recipe was very tasty and left a lot of drippings in the pan.  I recommend serving it with mashed potatoes and using the drippings to make tasty gravy.