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Great-Grandma’s Home-Made Spaghetti Sauce
When I was a little girl, living in Pennsylvania with my mom, dad, and my brother, I can remember many dinners at my Great-Grandma’s house. We would to all get into the car and drive 45 minutes to my great grandma’s and great-grandpa’s house. They lived in the same brick row-house that they moved into when they were married.
I can remember walking up the stairs to the front door and seeing them rocking away in their chairs on their front porch, waiting for us. On colder days, I’d look through the front door to see my great-grandfather sitting in his chair by the door, watching TV with the closed-captioning on, while my great-grandma was in her tiny white kitchen, cooking dinner.
Through the kitchen, there was a door that led outback. Her backyard gives way to a hill that leads to what seemed like hundreds of stone stairs. Those stone stairs led to the train tracks. I always loved that “adventure” of running up those stairs with my brother, excited to see what would be at the top.
(Her house is pictured below: far right).
My grandmother wasn’t Italian, in fact, she was 100% Irish, but she married an Italian man, and she was proud to tell everyone that she could “Cook better than any Italian woman” and she was right… her dinners were fantastic. Her sauce was the best, and I still make it today.
As a busy mom, I usually make quick meals, but sometimes I want to create those meals that “feel” like home. I want our kids to walk inside and smell the smells that remind them that Mom is cooking dinner because she loves them. I want to have those recipes that I can pass onto them when they start cooking their meals. I want to create those recipes where the kids help and learn how to make them, too.
I do, however, use a few tricks to save time.
Instead of fresh garlic, I used the jarred minced garlic. Instead of dicing tomatoes myself, I use Hunt’s. Hunt’s diced tomatoes are steam-peeled, which means that they peel them with steam from water, not chemicals. I know it’s not the easiest way, but it’s the right way because no chemical by-products go back into the earth. Plus, they pick their tomatoes at the peak of ripeness and can them within hours, so they ripen on the vine, unlike other companies. I think that’s what makes them taste so full of flavor (and juice!).
This recipe will only take you an hour, so a little longer than my normal meals, but it’s worth it. Trust me!
- 1 pound Italian sausage, casings removed
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 chopped small onion
- 3 crushed cloves of garlic
- 2 teaspoons brown sugar
- 1 (12 ounces) can of Hunt’s Tomato Paste.
- 2 (28 ounces) can Hunt’s diced tomatoes (I use one can of Hunt’s petite diced tomatoes and one can of Hunt’s regular diced tomatoes).
- 2 (15 ounce) cans Hunt’s tomato sauce
- 2 cups water
- 3 teaspoons dried basil
- 2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1⁄4 cup red wine
- Brown meat and Italian sausage (break it up as you stir it)
- Add onions to meat mixture and continue cooking.
- Cook until onions are soft.
- Add onions and continue to cook, stirring occasionally until onions are softened.
- Next, add your Hunt’s diced tomatoes, Hunt’s tomato paste, and Hunt’s tomato sauce.
- Next, mix in the spices, sugar, and garlic.
- When the sauce has started boiling, add your wine.
- Simmer on low (stir often) for an hour. If you want to cook the sauce a little longer, that works, too! Sometimes I’ll let it simmer for 3 hours or so. I just add another 1/2 cup of water to keep it from getting too thick. (be sure to keep an eye on it to prevent it from burning).You can use this sauce on pasta or in lasagna. It’s really the best sauce… I know because I have one child who doesn’t like red sauce, but this one is approved by him. 🙂