I know we are all busy and that time is limited, but this is where I draw the line. Making spaghetti sauce is not hard. It is just about the easiest thing to make - ever. And it is soooo good! We have a traditional pasta dinner once a week in our house with good bread and a salad. You can make it ahead of time and have dinner ready in the 10 minutes it takes to boil your pasta. Those of you that are carb freaks....relax. Enjoy a good plate of pasta once in awhile. You will be happy you did. Find a day or time when you are going to be home for an hour or two. Yes, it takes a bit of time, but the stove is doing all the work. You just have to mix and stir occasionally.
Here is what you start with....
Place the oil in a large sauce pan. Chop up the onion and saute in the pan until the onions are a bit translucent. Then add a large tsp of garlic. Yep, put a scoop in there! Add a tsp of salt.
Now.....you have to stir the sauce periodically so what settles at the bottom doesn't burn. You also want to stir just the bottom of the pan throughout the next hour and a half so that all of your oil comes to the top. You want the oil to come to the top so you can skim this off and throw it away while it is simmering. If you go crazy and stir everything together, this won't happen. This is where I pour myself a glass of wine, pull out a good book and let the sauce simmer :). However you relax, enjoy the fact that you are making a fabulous true Italian spaghetti sauce that will dazzle your family and friends and bring you back to pasta dinners once a week.
After about an hour and a half, turn off your sauce and add fresh basil. If you don't have fresh basil, take it from your spice cabinet and put in about 2 tsp of dried basil.
You can use it now or put it away for later. It keeps for about 5 days in the fridge and freezes great. Now remember when eating your pasta, find a good pecorino romano cheese. Please don't mess this up with a jar of cheese that comes off a shelf. Ick! Good cheese makes a difference.
Momma Ferraro's Spaghetti Sauce Recipe:
3 or 4 cans of Hunts whole peeled plum tomatoes
1 small can of Hunts plain tomato paste
1 large sweet onion
1 cup of vegetable oil/or olive oil (olive oil is a little heavier...but better for you)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp chopped garlic
Pecorino Romano cheese
Mangia! Eat. Enjoy.
Your family will thank you.