Sunday, September 9, 2012

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

There was a point in time, not long ago, when I would have said, "Who in the world would make his or her own sauce when there is perfectly good stuff you can buy off the shelf for $2?! Seriously, spaghetti night is supposed to be the quickest and easiest meal of the week!"  I am not saying that I will never again buy sauce, but I definitely became a sauce convert about six months ago.  My friends who have long made their own sauces are wondering what took me so long.  I am, too.  This sauce is SO much better than jarred and it honestly doesn't take that much work or time.  This batch makes enough for at least three meals; I freeze two portions.  I add the meat from the start, so when I use it, I don't even have to brown meat.  Taking a bag of sauce out of the freezer the night before spaghetti night actually saves me time.  Plus, I love the feeling that I get when making it with my own fresh herbs and that I can control the amount of sugar and salt that goes in.  (The amount of sugar in jarred sauce is astounding!)  If you have never made sauce yourself, please give this a try one afternoon.  You won't regret it!

  • 2.5-3 lb meat (I use a combination of ground beef and sausage)
  • 2 medium onions, diced
  • 2 (29 oz) cans of tomato sauce
  • 1 (29 oz) can of diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped (use less if using dried)
  • 1/4 cup fresh oregano, chopped (use less if using dried)
  • 4 cloves garlic, diced
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  1. Brown ground meat with onion in a large pot or dutch oven until no longer pink.
  2. Add remaining ingredients; bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer for at least 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

Difficulty: Surprisingly easy
Time: about 1.5 hours, 20 minutes or so of which are hands-on
Source:  After researching online for a while, I just decided to make my own recipe; I have made this many times now and my family devours it!

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