Well, I knew I'd have to do this sooner or later, I married a man who is 100% Italian, I, on the other hand don't have a bit of Italian blood in me. I have always used "jar" sauce, Ragu, Hunts, whatever is on sale, this, as you all know, is a big "no, no" in an Italian family.
Do any of you have a fairly simple recipe for pasta sauce?? I've never attempted to make my own sauce, is it hard?
Any recipe's will be greatly appreciated.
Jul 7, '04
I got this from a place that served killer pasta marinara and I had to have the recipe. (lord I miss Chicago at times, lol).
It is VERY good. Also, Keep in mind; this freezes well and works great for any pasta, including as a base for lasagne. So if you cannot use it all at once, that is ok, you have plenty of sauce for later on. It tastes even BETTER reheated, if you ask me. Also, you will notice, it is meatless (like most marinaras). You CAN add hot Italian Sausage or ground beef (cooked) to it, if you choose, but the sauce is so full-bodied and so spicy, it' s not necessary. It stands ALONE! Here you go:
1 1/2 c olive oil
1 cup garlic, minced
2 lb onions, chopped
1 lb carrots, chopped
1 1/2 c peppers ( I use a variety of red, orange, yellow and green)
1 lb mushrooms
2 1/2 lb tomatoes (roma are best but vine- ripened are great too!)--I like to chop them in half for this sauce.
2 c Red Wine (any kind)
2 Tablespoons each of Oregano and Basil as well as chili flakes
I also always dash a bit of sugar in every dish I make---just brings out the flavor somehow.
You can choose to saute veggies and garlic lightly, first, in enough olive oil to cover the bottom of a pan---I prefer to do this. Then, assemble all ingredients in a large pot, set to low heat and simmer slowly several hours, stirring occasionally. Your house will smell like Heaven, I tell ya. Serve with any pasta, cooked al dente, garlic bread, tossed salad and of course, red wine. Voila! A great Italian feast. Let me know how it works out for you!
Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Jul 7, '04