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!!


Unknown said...

this looks really similar to our homemade recipe for pizza sauce. Our kids love pizza night and I make the dough while hubby makes the sauce. Yummy! I like to eat the sauce over raw squash cut with a saladaccio to be like Angel Hair pasta. My raw vegan sister introduced me to that and I am in love.

Will Burke said...

Thanks for stopping by my Blog! Just curious: do you know anything about Hare Krishna cooking? They're the first thing to pop into my mind whenever someone mentions Vegetarianism. I'm not an HK myself, but after the couple meetings I went to, they had their Vegetarian Feast. I honestly started off just being polite, but Damn! I was really impressed! I finally got one of their cook books and can't wait to try it out!If there's a Temple close, it's worth checking out! Or just find the cookbook.

Will Burke said...

I stopped by to say "thanks for stopping by." It seems I've gotten redundant -- horrers of horrers! Thank for your comments on my Blog, and I'm glad you're with one of the 4 involved-fathers you know(the angel's hiccuping away on my left arm as I type :) ). I think it's changing, but are gender-role changes ever quick?