Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

I have always wanted to make my own spaghetti sauce, so when I received several tomatoes, I knew it was time to try it.  I did not have a written recipe, just a basic idea of what I needed to do to make the sauce.

I had hoped to make the sauce with only fresh ingredients such as tomatoes, green peppers, onions, garlic, basil, oregano, olive oil, salt & pepper, but I eventually ended up adding a little sugar, garlic powder, onion powder and a can of tomato paste.

First, I chopped two onions and two bell peppers and sauteed them in a pan with eight cloves of  minced garlic.

Next, I boiled tomatoes, four at a time in a pot of water for two minutes each.  I used twenty tomatoes in this recipe.
About two minutes after the tomatoes started boiling, their skins cracked.
After removing the tomatoes from the boiling water, I put them in a bowl of cold water to stop the cooking process.
Next, we peeled the tomatoes.

And then cored them.
And chopped them.

Then, I put them in a pot with a couple of tablespoons of fresh, chopped basil and oregano (probably dried would have had a more potent flavor) salt, and pepper.

Next, I added the sauteed onion, garlic, and bell peppers and I simmered the sauce for several hours aka, most of the day. 
I had hoped that the sauce would reduce and thicken, but I eventually had to add one small can of tomato paste to help this process along.  Near the end of the cooking process, I had to adjust the seasonings, meaning it was time to add more salt and pepper, five more cloves of minced garlic a couple of teaspoons of sugar, some garlic powder and onion powder.  This is also when I added the olive oil.  I didn't measure it, just kept adding and tasting.  Once the flavor was how I wanted it, I blended it in batches to make it the consistency that I wanted.

I ended up with two and a half quarts of sauce. 

One and a half quarts are in the freezer waiting for another day and the last quart I used with our dinner tonight.  I browned one pound of hamburger with half of a chopped onion.  Once that was cooked and drained, I added the spaghetti sauce, one chopped yellow squash, and several sliced black olives.  We had this sauce over spaghetti for dinner.  Delicious!


Jenna said...

that looks amazingly delicious!

jasnjoj said...

Oh, Cara - how I wish you were here! Kris and I went and picked 5 5-gallon buckets of tomatoes today and we're going to put them up together on Friday! Should be about 60 quarts of tomatoes when we're done!

THIS looks absolutely yummy! If I get a hold of some more tomatoes I will definitely be trying this!