Thursday, April 2, 2009

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce! (Just like Mom's)

MENTAL STATUS: "Excited". Loving my dress I recently bought for my book release party!

I don't know about you, but I LOVE homemade spaghetti sauce.
And I'm not even Italian!

Hey, don't get me wrong. I buy jarred sauce when I'm in a pinch, but I really don't like it. (Too much sugar)

I had time so I decided to try this recipe the other day. It comes from Taste of Home magazine, but I tinkered with it. So I'm posting what I used and did. It's delicious!

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce (meatless)

4 celery stalks, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
1 teaspoon olive oil
2-1/2 cups water, divided
1 can (29 ounces) tomato puree
1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
3 cans (6 ounces each) tomato paste
1/2 cup minced fresh parsley
5 to 6 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons dried basil
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 & 1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper

Directions: In a Dutch oven, combine the celery, onion, garlic and oil. Cook until onion soft and garlic slightly brown (about 8 min). Add 1 cup water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium; cook, uncovered, for 10-12 minutes or until vegetables are tender and water is reduced.
Stir in the tomato puree, tomatoes, tomato paste, parsley, Italian seasoning, sugar, salt, pepper and remaining water.
Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 45-50 minutes, stirring occasionally.



Chicki said...

I buy Prego in the jar and add sugar ...

Believe it or not, homemade spaghetti sauce was the first thing my mother taught me how to cook when I was about ten years old. I used to love the preparation. Now I just want quick and easy.

Kristen Painter said...

Even tho I'm Italian, I do tend to use jarred sauce. It's just easier. Although when I go to the trouble of making it, it's really good.

Stephanie said...

Seriously, have I ever told you how much I love you? ;oD Hubby and I are planting a garden this year and roma tomatoes are going to be my friend. We're going to make our own because I hate how sweet the store bought stuff is. We're really long lost sisters, I've decided!

kerribookwriter said...

That looks like a perfect recipe to me. I can just hear my hubby saying "meatless"? LOL

Those men and their carnivorous ways. Did I spell that right? ;-)

Thanks for sharing!

Jessica said...

I'm not a cooker, but if there's cheese on this spaghetti, I'll eat it. :-)

T. Anne said...

I doctor y prego after a several hour simmer and add a ton of vegies. I've been known to thrown in turkey sausage or meatball's. OK I'm getting hungry.

On a side not Samhain passes on my Rom Comedy. Which has totally bummed me out. *Sigh* I guess I will flitter of to different pastures. Maybe try wild rose? Any suggestions would be appreciated! And super congrats again on your novel!!!!

MsSnarkyPants said...

You know...I think that is the EXACT recipe I make when I'm not being lazy and using Prego. I got it from my mom years ago.