Homemade spaghetti sauce is a meal I’ve had and made so much that I could practically cook it in my sleep, especially since it is one of Jon’s favorite meals. Although I don’t typically follow my mom’s recipe exactly, it is the general basis for most of my tomato sauce variations.
I started off by sautéing chopped onions until they were soft and slightly caramelized, then added in the garlic. Once the garlic was fragrant, I deglazed the pan with balsamic vinegar, then added diced tomatoes tomato paste, and some water.
I didn’t have any basil (a dire situation for my kitchen!), so I decided to add oregano and thyme. I also like to add a little bit of turmeric to highlight the tomato flavor and add a little extra depth to the sauce. Once the sauce was simmering, I added the vegan Italian sausage to cook in the sauce. If you use regular sausage, I think you would want to cook it before adding it to the sauce.
After the noodles were cooked, the spaghetti was ready to serve! I fancied up the table a little more than normal with candlesticks passed down from my grandmother that I received for Christmas, along with some beautiful candles my parents gave me. I love this meal because it is both elegant (assuming you don’t spatter yourself with sauce while eating) and comfort food. Yum!
Mom’s Spaghetti Sauce
1 large onions, chopped
3-4 garlic cloves, minced
Basil (or any Italian style herb you might have)
1 can tomato paste (6 ounce)
1 large can diced tomatoes (you can also use crushed tomatoes, or tomato purée, or even chopped fresh tomatoes)
Freshly ground pepper, to taste
1/2 cup red wine (balsamic vinegar or red wine vinegar can be substituted)
1-2 Tbsp sugar (I normally leave this out as I like a more tart sauce)
12-16 ounces water
Italian sausage (vegan sausage works great too)
Put olive oil in a non-aluminum pot and heat. Add onion and basil, along with pepper, then allow to cook for 5 minutes, stirring as necessary. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add diced tomatoes, tomato paste, and water, then mix well. Add wine and 1 Tbsp sugar, then bring to a simmer and cook. If using sausage, add now to allow the flavor to permeate the sauce. Simmer sauce until it reaches desired thickness. Taste and add sugar, salt, or vinegar as needed.