Thursday, September 24, 2009

Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

Hey everyone!! Sorry I disappeared for a bit, my personal life got its ass kicked and I also started a second job, all at the same time. I wanted to post a recipe that people have been asking for, this is for my homemade spaghetti sauce. Don't be intimidated by all the ingredients and steps, it takes a lot less time than it looks. And I just made it and it's simmering as I type making my apartment smell AMAZING.

You will need:
One large can crushed tomatoes (preferably organic, always low sodium)
Two 14 oz cans whole peeled tomatoes
One can tomato paste
Small white onion, diced
3-4 cloves garlic
Garlic powder
Olive Oil
Margarine (the good kind without non-hydrogenated oils, or else use plain butter)

Heat a tablespoon of olive oil and a tablespoon of margarine in the bottom of a large saucepan, and add the onion. Cooking on low and stirring every so often, heat the onions until they begin to get clear. Crush the garlic and continue for another minute or so. (Not too long because garlic burns easily.) Add all cans of tomato product. Take your hands and squeeze the whole tomatoes until mashed up and chunky. You can also do this before, I don't have the patience. Or for those of you who prefer smoother sauce, throw them into a blender. Take the large can from the crushed tomatoes, rinse with water and pour into the pan. Turn the heat up to high and bring to a boil. Cover the top first with garlic powder, then again with oregano. Add about a quarter to half teaspoon of the ginger, cloves, and basil. Finish with about a tablespoon of suger. If you do not want to add sugar, this is fine. The purpose is only to cut the acidity of the tomatoes. Stir all together, turn heat to low, and simmer covered for 2-3 hours, stirring once in a while. I taste mine every half hour or so and add garlic or oregano as I think is needed.

This is the recipe that I usually stick to, but feel free to add whatever you want. I added green peppers and mushrooms once, and that was also good. I've added meat although my meat loving boyfriend told me he prefers it without it. Made my vegetarian heart proud :) Good luck everyone, and let me know how it turns out!!