Thursday, March 20, 2008

Spaghetti Sauce!

Hi friends. I know many of you were extremely disappointed & let down by the lack of Recipe Thursdays post last week. Sorry. :)
This recipe for homemade spag sauce was learned from an Italian "Noni" (grandmother) and passed down to me. It's not exactly a family secret--just incredibly good! There are different things you can add to "personalize" it, and I'll include the list of options at the end!

3 lbs 15% ground beef
1/8 c Italian seasoning
2 bunches Italian parsley
2 large white onions
2 average cans reduced salt chicken broth
80 oz tomato sauce
1/2 c merlot wine
1 c tap water

in a BIG pot on stovetop brown meat with Italian seasoning
while meat is browning
chop 1 onion & 1 bunch Italian parsley (stems & all)
put in a blender or food processor & puree,
adding 1 can chicken broth
add puree mixture to browned meat
add tomato sauce
add merlot
add water
stir until mixed evenly
simmer for about 3 hours (or until desired consistency)
stirring occasionally (about every 10-15 minutes)
freeze unused sauce

other possible ingredients:
minced garlic
diced tomato
bay leaves (but remove before eating)
chopped onion (rather than pureed)
sliced mushrooms

This recipe makes about 8-10 cups of spag sauce (ok, that's a guess--all I know is that it's a LOT). You can add this to spaghetti noodles, brown rice penee (my fav!) or even make a lasagna with it! Once I made this for my family, served it over rice & added pieces of cooked sausage to it. That was fantastic! Enjoy!

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