Thursday, November 18, 2010

Dad's Spaghetti Sauce


It was so fun to make spaghetti sauce from scratch for the first time!

28 oz. crushed tomatoes
2 8oz. tomato sauce
1 6 oz. tomato paste
1½ Tbsp. basil (use more if you have fresh basil)
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 Tbsp. sugar
1 medium onion, diced small
4-5 cloves garlic, crushed
1/3 cup red wine (I use merlot or Zinfandel, but use good wine)
Water, if needed for thinning sauce
Olive oil
Salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste

Sauté onion in olive oil until translucent then add garlic, sauté for 2 minutes, stirring.
Add all other ingredients, bring to simmer. Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 1½ -2
hours, tasting during cooking for salt and pepper. If sauce is too thick, thin with water. If
you want to add meatballs or sausage, brown them first, then add during last 40 minutes
of cooking time.

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