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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Aunt Sue's Spaghetti Sauce

My daughter in law served the most luscious spaghetti sauce recently when we were invited for dinner.  I'm a Prego sauce girl myself as I grew up on canned sauce but this particular sauce was just too good not to ask for the recipe.  Katie said this was her Aunt Sue's recipe and she offered to share it with me.  I've made it several times and each time I've been very happy with the results.  Adding the grated Parmesan cheese to the sauce helps to thicken it plus enhance the flavors.  I like lots of big chunky veggies in my sauce and always add ground meat too, either beef or turkey.

1 med. green pepper chopped (I use red, green and yellow peppers using about 1/2 a pepper each)
1 large onion chopped
3 cloves of garlic finally chopped
1 tablespoon oregano (I used dried not fresh)
1 tbs. basil (I used dried not fresh)
1/2 cup sugar
Salt and Pepper to taste
1/4 cup olive oil
1 1/2 pounds ground meat optional

Brown all of the above in stock pot until soft an translucent, if making meat sauce add the ground meat after the veggies have started to softened. You can also sneak more veggies into the sauce such as mushrooms or finally chopped carrots without the kids noticing the added veggies. Drain any access liquid from the pot when veggies and meat have cooked.

Next add to the pot
2  24oz. cans of good tomato sauce
1 small can of good tomato paste
2 cups water
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

I let this simmer about three hours until its thick and rich.

This sauce is thick and rich enough to be used for a dipping sauce for bread sticks or served over your favorite pasta.

And why might you ask is our dog Izzy joining in on this post about food.  Well while the tubs of sauce were sitting on the counter cooling before I put them in the freezer Izzy decided to help herself to one.  Not a drop was wasted as all I found was the empty container and lid... I guess Izzy gives this recipe a thumbs up too.
Thanks to Aunt Sue for permission to share her spaghetti sauce recipe for Foodie Friday.

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Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

Happy New Year, I haven't stopped by in a while, like everyone else I've been crazy busy . . .

Well, this sauce looks delicious! We grew up with home made sauce, my dad always made it, and it was to die for! Funny, I was just discussing his sauce the other night. It's very similar to "Aunt Sue's" sauce. Oh, there's nothing like home made sauce!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Debbie said...

It looks really mouth watering. My mom makes the best spaghetti sauce which I have tried to duplicate for 26 years. Mine is just not quite hers.

I should try this one!

Donnie said...

My mother always made her own sauce and I haven't made any in over 25 years. I can't even remember where her recipe would be but I've book marked this one. Thanks.

sheila from life @ #17 said...

oh man [vbg]...welcome to the world of Counter Surfing...what a good girl Izzy is :)

xinex said...

Looks so delicious, it's making me hungry. Thanks for the recipe, Char....Christine

My Crafty Little Page said...

I wish I had a great big plate of that! Looks sooo yummy! :) Nancy

Amy said...

I'll definitely give this recipe a try. My kids love spaghetti!

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Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

This is my exact recipe except I use less sugar. It does make a wonderful sauce. How cute is Izzy! I once left a newly baked chocolate cake on the counter and out dog ate every bit of it. I didn't even have time to frost it.

Porch Days said...

This sauce is about the same as mine except for the green peppers. Yummy! Have you given up buying bottled sauce?