Even if you are a novice in the kitchen, now is the time to learn how to make spaghetti sauce. Belive it or not, women go nuts for a man who can cook and this romantic meal idea is sure to be a hit on any date. If you are one of those men that don't really like to cook, this easy to prepare recipe only tastes better the longer it sits, so it is the perfect thing to make in advance and store in the freezer to provide ample leftovers. This is a vegetarian, tomato based spaghetti sauce, but it is a wonderful compliment to meatballs or Italian sausage. So if you wish to add some meat to the recipe, go for it!
To make spaghetti sauce you will need:
- 32 oz plain, unseasoned tomato sauce (two 16 oz cans, or one 32 oz can will be fine)
- One 16 oz can San Marzano tomatoes (this is a type of tomato, not a brand name)
- 4 large fresh tomatoes, diced
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 3 tablespoons of butter
- Water (as needed)
- 1/4 cup dry red wine
- One large onion, chopped
- One green bell pepper, chopped
- One red bell pepper, chopped
- 5 oz of mushrooms (about half a tray), chopped
- 5 cloves of garlic, crushed or minced
- 1/4 cup fresh basil, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons dried oregano
- 1 bay leaf
- salt and pepper (to taste)
- Begin by first heating the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onions, garlic, peppers and mushrooms and cook for about five minutes, or until the onions start to become tender.
- Stir in the can of San Marzano tomatoes, and their juices. Simmer over medium-high heat for an additional five minutes.
- Mix in the unseasoned tomato sauce and diced tomatoes.
- Season the sauce with salt, pepper, basil, oregano, and the bay leaf. Stir in the wine and butter.
- Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low heat. Allow the sauce to simmer for four or more hours. Continue to check the sauce and stir frequently to prevent burning. The longer you allow the sauce to simmer, the better it will taste. If possible, allow the sauce to settle in the fridge overnight, as it will greatly enhance the flavor. If you feel the sauce is becoming too thick, slowly add a little water until it thins to your liking.
- Remove the bay leaf from the spaghetti sauce before serving.
- Pour over your favorite pasta and garnish with fresh parley, and freshly grated parmesan cheese. Serve with garlic bread.
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