Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Homemade Pasta Sauce

We have been assigned Homemade Spaghetti Sauce this month in the Crazy Cooking Challenge. I have made my own sauce for years and have not had the need to look for a different recipe until now. I wanted something that would be easy and family friendly, because when we made Spaghetti it is usually for a crowd. I was just beginning my search when this recipe came to me on my Full Plate Thursday Linky Party. It is the perfect recipe that can be made a head of time and frozen, or you can add any kind of meat or just make it meatless. Christy at Raising Knights (Link) brought this recipe to my attention and we just love it and hope you will to. Christy is a wife of a Police Officer, a Mom that home schools five boys. I raised 3 boys so I know that you need a hearty recipe to get those boys though the day. Christy has a great blog with wonderful food, so I sure hope that you will stop by and say hello, and be sure and tell her Hi from Miz Helen.

 Homemade Pasta Sauce over Spaghetti

Pasta Sauce
Christy at Raising Knights
Prepared in Miz Helen's Kitchen
1 (10 oz.) can whole peeled tomatoes, undrained
1 (6 oz.) can tomato pasted ( you could probable use two cans)
2-3 garlic cloves, minced
2 tsp Italian seasoning
1 tsp. oregano
1-2 tsp. sea salt or kosher salt
1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper
honey, to taste (I use about 1 tsp to balance out the acidity)
Pour  the undrained tomatoes into a large, shallow dutch oven or deep skillet.  Heat over medium heat.
Using a potato masher, crush tomatoes until no large chunks remain.  Add remaining ingredients.
Bring to a simmer. Simmer on low for several hours or until sauce is reduced and thickened, stirring occasionally. Taste and add more seasoning, if desired.
Christy Recipe Tip:
At This point, I remove half of it and put it in a large jar or gallon size freezer bag to freeze for another meal later. If you sue a jar, fill it leaving a few inches for expansion. With a freezer bag, make sure it's sealed (double-bag), if you afraid it might leak, lay it flat on a cookie sheet and freeze until solid. Then remove cookie sheet and store the sauce horizontal or vertical, your choice. You don't have to use the cookie sheet , but it keeps the bottom of the bag flat instead of sagging through the gaps in the wire racks and the bottom of the bag flat instead of sagging through the gasp in the wire racks and making it a little more difficult to remove from the freezer.
We like meat sauce, so I use ground beef that I precooked with onion and garlic and froze.  I add it about 15 -20 minutes before serving and simmer until the sauce and meat are heated through.
Miz Helen's Tip and additions
1 pound ground chuck browned and drained
1 pound ground Italian Sausage browned and drained
1 large yellow onion chopped and browned with the meat.
Season the meat with:
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon sweet basil
1 teaspoon fennel or anise
Salt and Pepper to Taste
Add to the sauce and simmer at least one hour or longer.

Prepare your favorite Spaghetti or Pasta and pour the sauce over the hot pasta.

 Prepare The Sauce

Enjoy Your Spaghetti!

We have so much fun every month with a Crazy Cooking Challenge, if you would like to be a part of this fun group just go the the Crazy Cooking Challenge (Link) and learn how you can be a part of this fun group. I sure am glad you stopped by to see me today to try out this wonderful Homemade Pasta Sauce. I always look forward to your visits so come back soon!
Peace and Joy 
Miz Helen

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20 comments:

  1. I love a nice chunky and hearty sauce! That looks great!

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  2. I've made some baked pasta last night too, kids love pasta!

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  3. Interesting to use honey in a tomato sauce recipe - great pic! I hope you'll stop by and visit my CCC - Spaghetti Pie

    :)
    ButterYum

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  4. Miz Helen, can I join you for spaghetti? Your meat sauce sounds yummy. I love using sausage in my hot dishes.

    From #50 - On Top Of Spaghetti

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  5. MIz Helen that just looks so hearty and COMFORTING! I love a big mountain of noodles and sauce and plenty of garlic bread to mop up all the extra!! I hope you'll take a look at my recipe (#21) or even some of my own spaghetti dishes also on my blog! See you tomorrow!

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  6. Looks great! Never thought of using honey - always use sugar. #18

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  7. I love a nice hearty sauce and this one fits the bill.

    If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my CCC entry: Tomato Sauce with Onion & Butter.

    Lisa~~
    Cook Lisa Cook

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  8. It is so fun looking and feeling all the comfy in these dishes of spaghetti and meat sauce.........andi

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  9. This sauce looks good and I like how you can freeze some of it. Stopping by from CCC#61.

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  10. This is a great recipe. I like the whole tomatoes that is used to make a hearty sauce.

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  11. The sauce looks great Miz Helen! Great recipe!
    Come by, I'm #55 :)

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  12. Helen, love a good meaty sauce, and honey to cut the bitterness, how smart!

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  13. Thank you for featuring my recipe, Miz Helen! You're right, feeding six males requires large amounts of hearty food. I also like to add my homemade turkey sausage to the sauce to kick up the spice factor.

    Blessings,
    Christy @ RaisingKnights.com

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  14. Stopping by from the Crazy Cooking Challenge. Can I just say this looks amazing! (Apparently I can cuz I just did) Love a hearty sauce with my pasta. MMMM

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  15. Hi Miz Helen,

    Your recipe looks so hearty and delicious. I know my hubby would enjoy this, I'll have to make it. I'll be serving a different red sauce for Sunday dinner for the next couple of months :). Brings back memories of our childhood Sunday dinners.

    Thanks so much for sharing, please visit if you can at #30 CCC.
    Joanne

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  16. The addition of honey is different and exciting!

    Jen #19

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  17. Wonderful menu! I am so happy to be blogging too! Could you please re enter your post for ON THE MENU MONDAY. Something happened to inlinkz and I had to redo it.
    So sorry for the inconvenience! Thank you for participating!
    Yvonne

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Miz Helen