If your family is Italian and you've ever tried to make a homemade spaghetti sauce recipe... Chances are after everyone has eaten it; one of the older ladies will take you aside and give you the "old family recipe" for spaghetti sauce.
Don't despair and think that yours was no good, it's often the other way around, yours may have been so good that it would show up hers. That often happens, or it's just that the older women want to keep things the same without having any changes ever made.
Judge for yourself first and see if you like the following home made spaghetti sauce, and remember that nothing ever says that you cannot change a recipe to suit yourself!
Regardless of how you make yours, it's always going to taste much better than the canned or bottle variety!
This homemade spaghetti sauce recipe yields about 5 quarts.
If the consistency of the homemade spaghetti sauce is not thick enough you may add a bit of tomato paste until it reaches the consistency you desire.
Should the sauce be too tangy or if it tastes acidic, add another pinch of baking soda, but be sure and simmer for another hour if you do. Italians tell me that the longer you cook the sauce, the better it will be!
Various changes can be made to this homemade spaghetti sauce recipe if you so desire. Many have said that they use brown sugar instead of granulated sugar.
Some have suggested adding in a cup of grated Parmesan cheese during the last 5 minutes of cooking, others have said that that will make it taste too sweet.
Some added bell peppers to the sauce. Others suggest port wine instead of the red or pink colored wine.
Another suggestion was sliced green olives instead of black olives. Italian seasoning was a common addition, and also oregano--more oregano!
Many seemed to dislike the baking soda, but just as many liked it. One person seemed to have added cornstarch and water to it, to thicken it even more.
Many doctored it up by adding more sugar as their family liked it sweeter. One person suggested adding a splash of balsamic vinegar to your homemade spaghetti sauce recipe.
Many people have said that it's just not Italian unless you use fresh tomatoes. Most of them recommend that if you do that you should hand squeeze the tomatoes prior to adding them to the cooked veggies and garlic. That makes sense, as you want all the watery goodness of the tomatoes to go into the sauce immediately so it has a chance to take in all the garlic and such right away.
By the way, homemade spaghetti sauce freezes very well, thus if you make more than your family can eat at one sitting, it's highly recommended that you freeze it and serve it another day.
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