Years ago I attempted to make my own pizza sauce. It was a total failure! I didn't want to waste it, so in order to use it up I would mix it with the store bought sauce.
A couple of weeks ago I ran across Roma tomatoes that were on sale for .29 for about 9 of them. I was so excited! I purchased 7 of the bundles and decided maybe this time I would try spaghetti sauce.
Instead of searching the internet like I often do, I began flipping through the pages of some of my cookbooks. I wanted to find a spaghetti sauce recipe that was mostly from scratch. I settled on a recipe from my Gooseberry Patch cookbook, Mom's Favorite Recipes, called "All-Pasta Sauce". I made a few modifications to the recipe, but basically it is the same.
Spaghetti Sauce (or All-Pasta Sauce)
Makes: 6- 1 quart jars
* If you want an easy way to peel tomatoes, follow the same instructions as given for the peaches in this post: "Blueberry Peach Crisp"
Approximately 5 dozen Roma tomatoes peeled.
1- 1/2 lbs of onions, chopped
2 cloves of garlic
1 c. oil
1/4 c canning salt
1/2 T. dried oregano
1 T. dried parsley
3/4 c sugar
24 oz of tomato paste (This is the only item from a jar. The label should read only tomato.)
Place tomatoes, onions, and garlic in a large stockpot. Bring everything to a boil. Turn down the temperature and boil gently for about one hour. Add the remaining ingredients and boil one hour longer.
This is before blending.... If you like your sauce really chunky you can pour it into your jars as is. My kids tend to pick everything out if they see it, so I blended up my sauce. Pour a little sauce into the blender at a time, then pulse for just a few quick seconds. You want it just barely blended. Pour from blender into jars.
I like to freeze my jars. But you can also can them by processing them in a hot water bath for 20 mins. Either way make sure you leave about a 1 in. head space.
I love this sauce! It is one of the best I have ever had. And I'm not just saying that because I made it. I actually was very surprised that I did like it, as some things that I make, I don't. :0) An added plug to make you want to try it....my son that hates spaghetti said, "Well, it's not as bad as all the others!" LOL
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