Oct. 21, 2009 Whip It Up Wednesday

Whip It Up Wednesday: Grandma Clara's Easy Sauce

For some, it is the recipe they have wanted for a number of weeks, months, or even years! Hot off the press, it is David's Grandmother's easy spaghetti sauce recipe. Grandma Clara made up this simple recipe years ago during the depression with the minimum of ingredients for the most delicious spaghetti sauce this side of Ellis Island!  
When I first met David, I thought he was crazy for spending so much time on spaghetti sauce, as I was the girl (in my single, apartment days) where the jarred stuff worked out just fine. However, did you know that the jarred sauce has all sorts of sugar, too much basil, and extra stuff that really isn't necessary? Over the years, we have made a few changes to the sauce recipe, but it has stayed pretty true to it's original form. 
You can use this sauce for anything under the sun related to Italian food! Good thing I married an Italian who loves to cook!
Grandma Clara's Easy Sauce (for one pound of pasta) 
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil (Extra Virgin) 
2 Cloves of Garlic (Pressed)* 
1/4 teaspoon of salt 
1/4 cup of Red Wine* 
1/4 teaspoon pepper 
2 Tablespoons Minced Onion* 
1/2 Teaspoon Mixed Italian Seasoning* 
2 8 oz. cans of tomato sauce (Contadina preferred) 
2 6 oz. cans of tomato paste (Contadina preferred) 
2 paste cans of water 
1 Bay Leaf 
1 Pound of Italian Sausage* (meat optional, can substitute ground beef) 
For chunkier sauce, substitute one 14.5oz can of diced tomatoes in place of the water.  
*to taste 
Saute onions in large sauce pan with olive oil until soft 
Add garlic, spices, and simmer for 5 mins 
Add wine and simmer for 5 mins 
Add the rest of the ingredients into pot.  
If you only want a simple sauce with no extras, do not add the tomatoes or meat.  
If adding meat to the sauce, cook thoroughly and render. Cut sausage into pieces.  
Add meat once you have combined all of the above listed ingredients.  
Simmer all ingredients for 1-2 hours.  
Remove bay leaf 
Serve over pasta, lasagna, or any other dish.  
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