I made spaghetti sauce Tuesday - I admit I have become a bit of a sauce snob. I refuse to use jarred sauce anymore and frankly, no one in the house would eat it if I did. I make a big batch of sauce and when it's gone we don't eat anything that needs sauce again, till I have made another batch. It's so easy and delicious to make!!!
I decided to take inspiration from the "Pioneer Woman" and photograph my sauce making...so here it is in pictures!
The veggies I start with:
Green Pepper, Onions, Carrot and Celery
The rest of the ingredients:
Tomato Sauce, Crushed Tomatoes, Italian Seasoning, Fresh Basil,
Sausage, Garlic and Olive Oil
Heat the olive oil and add crushed garlic. I should note that I don't
measure anything - just throw it in and taste and adjust as I go!
Add the veggies to the pan and saute.
And here is the lovely marriage of yummy goodness....
And this is what those lovely veggies should look like when all
cooked - they should be soft and translucent!
At this point you'd transfer them to a large kettle and add your tomato
sauce, crushed tomatoes, 1 small can of tomato paste, a bit of
olive oil, salt/pepper, and Italian seasoning. Remember, I don't measure
anything, so I can't give you exacts. Now, if you don't like a chunky sauce, and
what I sometimes do, is run the veggies through a food processor or blender to smooth them
a bit. It's totally your call to make!
And here it is in the pot simmering. After it's heated through and simmered
for a while, I add some sugar - not to make it sweet, but to cut the acidity a bit
and so it's not bitter. But beware, too much sugar and you'll end up with a
tomato flavored ice cream topping! LOL!!
At this point I just leave it simmering on low for several hours, stirring occasionally to make sure it's not
sticking or anything like that.
At the very end I add another swig of olive oil and add my fresh basil. You don't want to
add the basil in any sooner as it can get bitter that way.
Last night I decided to use said sauce and make a lasagna ...
Lasagna ready for the oven....can we get a "yum"?
And the final product - I usually like my cheese melted a bit more on top,
but the natives were getting restless, so I took it out to feed them! LOL!!
After using what I needed for the lasagna I ended up with 4 - 5 cup containers of sauce in the freezer.
And while I am sharing pictures, here is one of my new toy:
I *LOVE* this!!!! Seriously I have no idea
how I lived without this!!! LOL!!