Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Rich, luscious, homemade spaghetti sauce!
I've been cooking for more than 30 years, but this was my first attempt at fresh, homemade spaghetti sauce. I think I've put it off for so long because it sounded really complicated and time-intensive and who has time for that? This sauce was SOOOO delicious, and more importantly, so easy, and I'm happy to say (based on my hubby's reviews), that it will be a go-to for the rest of the summer season (read: cheap tomatoes)...
Blanch and peel about 2lbs tomatoes (for 2 people)...score the bottoms and blanch for one minute, then pull the skins off.
Throw the peeled tomatoes in a large pot and bring to a high simmer.
Toss in a few healthy pitches of salt and pepper, and some (a handful) of chopped fresh basil..
Season with garlic powder, onion powder, Italian seasoning to taste.
Cook it down on a low simmer for at least an hour or to desired consistency. (Pour your first glass of wine here).
Sauté some onion (any kind), until soft, and throw that in.
Sauté Italian sausage, (mild or hot), on medium heat until almost cooked through and add it to the tomato mixture.
Keep it on a low simmer until thickened to your taste, then cook your pasta and throw it in to the tomato mixture for a few minutes to pick up the sauce, stirring occasionally.
Serve with grated fresh Parmesan, and you are more than welcome to pour your second glass of wine...a nice white Barbera, Chardonnay, or whatever you like. Heck, you're probably way ahead of me, so enjoy, that 2nd, 3rd....or whatever, glass of wine. AND the spaghetti...please enjoy the spaghetti!