Our favorite part of spaghetti is the sauce. The pasta, albeit delicious, is just the tool used to soak up the sauce. It is important to remember that when making spaghetti sauce the technique is as important as the ingredients. So, before I list the ingredients let’s talk about the steps.
1. Deglazing recaptures the flavors from a pan that have burnt or caramelized on the bottom and places them back into the sauce. Always deglaze the pan with a dry wine. Both red and white work well for adding flavor to tomato sauce. Go ahead and use what you have on hand.
2. Tomatoes are the foundation of any good sauce. Opt for fresh whenever possible. Drip a whole tomato in a pot of boiling water for 1-2 minutes and immediately immense in cold water. This will loosen the skin from the pulp allowing you to easily peel the tomato.
3. Adding herbs and spices: Add dry herbs and spices towards the end of the simmering process. Throughout the simmering process the tomatoes, and therefore the taste, break down and change. Adding the spices at the end keeps them from losing their potency and adds that desired punch. This recipe uses our spaghetti seasoning which is filled with onion, green pepper, garlic and a blend of gourmet herbs and spices for a full savory experience.
4. Add meat at the very end. If you are using meat in your recipe, add it after the sauce is done simmering or as meatballs to keep the integrity of the meat flavor separate from the red sauce.
Homemade Spaghetti Sauce
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 chopped green pepper
- 1 cup chopped mushrooms
- 1 small diced onion
- 3 – 4 cloves of minced garlic
- 1 cup dry wine
- 6 – 8 large tomatoes, peeled
- 2 tablespoons of Cedar Oak Spaghetti Seasoning
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 2 teaspoons freshly ground pepper
- In a large skillet over medium-high heat warm the olive oil. When hot stir in the green pepper, mushrooms, onion, and garlic. Cook until vegetables are tender, and onions are caramelized, about 5 – 8 minutes.
- Add wine to the vegetables scraping the sides and bottoms removing the bits and pieces from the pan. Stir frequently until the wine is reduced to 3/4 cup, about 10 minutes.
- Add the tomatoes to the skillet and break down using the back of a wooden spoon repeating occasionally throughout the simmering. Bring to a low boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for two hours.
- Add the spaghetti seasoning, salt and pepper to the sauce and continue simmering for another 30 minutes.
- This robust sauce is bursting with flavor. We often serve it without meat, but it pairs perfectly with Sweet Italian Sausage or prosciutto.
Don’t have time for homemade spaghetti sauce? Dress up a store-bought marinara sauce by adding 2 tablespoons of Cedar Oak Farms Spaghetti Seasoning and simmer for 15 minutes. Our seasoning is crafted to awaken the sauce bringing it back to its original flavor. – Ella💙