Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

I have always wanted to make my own spaghetti sauce but looked at it as this all day process. I don't have time for that! After a bit of research I realized that I could make my own sauce as I needed it. I didn't have to get into the whole canning and peeling and all day in the kitchen thing. I was thrilled! Taking the basics I made my own simple spaghetti sauce. There are only eight ingredients total. So, if you are tired of buying jar sauce her is a great solution.

Ingredients I Used:
10 - Roma tomatoes
1 tbs - Olive Oil
1 medium - Onion
1 clove - Garlic
1 tsp - Salt
1/2 tsp - Pepper
1 tsp - Greek Oregano
1/2 cup - Water

Step One: Slice your onions and mince the garlic.
     Note: I am not a big fan of garlic, so I only used one clove. You can use as much or as little as you like depending on your taste preference.
Step Two: Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a large skillet.
Step Three: Cook the onions and garlic until translucent.
Step Four: Add the salt, pepper, and oregano.
Step Five: Place the water and tomatoes in to your pan.
     Note: Make sure you core the tomatoes :)
Step Six: Simmer for 1 - 2 hours.
     Note: I used 10 Roma tomatoes and started off by having the pot uncovered. The research I had done didn't mention to cover the pot or I had managed to miss that step... oops. So at about the 30 minute mark I covered the pot. This is need to make the tomatoes "melt" as I like to put it. I did add on time after an hour so I probably simmered for about 1.5 hours.
Step Seven: Once the tomatoes are nice and soft remove from heat and let it cool to room temperature.
Step Eight: Place everything in a blender and puree!

Eight ingredients and eight steps that's all it took. It probably would have taken a little less time if I had started by covering the pan but compared to the other ways of making sauce this was nothing. Depending on how you like your sauce seasoned you may need to add more at the end. I found that the taste was perfect for me so no additional spices were needed.

I made my sauce last night because I knew that I wouldn't have the energy to do it today after work. I just placed the sauce in an air tight container and popped it in the fridge to use for our spaghetti dinner this evening.

This was so easy and tasty that I don't think I will want to shell out money for a jar of spaghetti sauce when I can make it myself. Doing the math out the only ingredients I needed to buy were tomatoes, garlic and olive oil which added up to about $1.89 ($1.59 - 10 Roma tomatoes, $0.20 for head of garlic, $0.10 for tablespoon of olive oil).

Try it for yourself and let me know what you think!

Happy Cooking

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