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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

So Saucy

There's nothing like homemade pasta sauce. I like mine sweet, rich, and thick. This one was a hit the first time I made it so now it's become a stable. It's pretty easy, too. Just throw everything in a pot for 3 hours. Can't beat that! You can always adjust the spices or use fresh herbs if you have them on hand.  This is my favorite sauce over spaghetti and meatballs. Basic, but delicious! 

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce


1 onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 (28 oz) can whole peeled tomatoes
2 (6 oz) cans tomato paste
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1 Tbsp granulated sugar
1/4 cup dry red wine
1/4 cup water


1. Heat olive oil in a large pot or dutch oven over medium-low heat. Chop onion and garlic and place in pot. Cook until translucent and tender (about 2-3 minutes). 
2. Add red wine and bring to a simmer. Add remaining ingredients.
3. Cover and simmer over low heat for 3 hours, stirring occasionally. (If making with meatballs or sausage, add them to the sauce after they are browned to add even more flavor. Do this during the last 15 minutes. Also, you can help the whole tomatoes break down by chopping them with a wooden spoon throughout the cooking process.)
I've never tried it, but I'm sure this sauce could also be made in the crock pot! Follow step #1 above and then add everything to the crock pot. Cook on low for at least 6 hours.

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