Sunday, April 19, 2009

Trying new sauces...

My own homemade spaghetti sauce is good, but, DH isn't the biggest fan of it. I thought it'd be fun to choose a few from the blogs I read, and try them.

The first one I made was from smitten kitchen. I doubled her recipe, because she warned it didn't make a lot....but somehow ended up with 3 containers full of sauce.

So luckily, we liked this one -- because we'll be eating it several times!

I changed it from a spaghetti-and-meatballs recipe, to just a meat sauce recipe. I love meatballs, but sometimes it's just easier when the meat's in the sauce.

Spaghetti Sauce
(adapted from Smitten Kitchen)

1 lb 80% lean ground beef (a little fat makes the sauce taste better)
2 tbsp olive oil
2 cups chopped yellow onion
3 tsp minced garlic
2 pinches red pepper flake
1 cup good red wine (I used some tomato sauce because i dont like to cook with wine)
29 oz. can pureed tomatoes
29 oz. can chopped or diced tomatoes
2 tbsp chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
3 tbsp kosher salt
1 tsp fresh ground black pepper

- Brown beef in large stockpot; remove to bowl and set aside
- In same stockpot, heat olive oil, then add onion and saute over medium heat until translucent, 5-10 minutes
- Add the garlic and red papper flakes and cook for 1 minute
- Add the wine (or tomato sauce), and move heat to high, scraping up all the brown bits from the meat. If using wine, cook until liquid is almost evaporated, about 3 minutes. If using tomato sauce, just turn heat back down to medium and continue
- Stir in tomatoes, parsley, salt, and pepper
- Simmer sauce as long as you least 30 minutes. I simmered it for an hour.

1 comment:

Joelen said...

Homemade sauce is most definitely better than any packaged one! What a great recipe!