Homemade spaghetti sauce

If you are over your head in tomatoes like I was this summer, why not try making some homemade spaghetti sauce?  My homemade spaghetti sauce tastes great, is simple to make and best of all, I know what went into it.

To start the sauce, get some water boiling in a small pan.  This is to remove the skin from the tomatoes.  Take a knife and cut-off any green parts from the tomato and also the inside junk you don't want (seeds,white-part,etc...).  Once the water comes to a boil, drop the tomatoes into the pan for a couple seconds and then immediately dip them in cold water.

Once they hit the cold water, you will notice the skin start to come off of the tomato.  You may have to use your fingers to get all of the skin off but it will easily come off if you use this trick.  After the tomatoes are skinned, put them in a big stew pot with 2 cups of water.

Throw in some basil, salt and whatever else you want in your sauce.  I like to use a banana pepper or two, an onion, some garlic, roasted tomatoes and maybe some mushrooms.  Play around with all the ingredients until you find what you like.

Homemade spaghetti sauce
Once all the ingredients are in the pot, turn the heat up, cover and then wait for everything to come to a boil.  Once the homemade spaghetti sauce has come to a boil, lower the heat, remove the lid and let the mixture simmer until it reaches your desired consistency.

Remember, the longer you cook, the thicker the homemade spaghetti sauce will be.

The flavor of this homemade spaghetti sauce is so great that you can cheat a little to make up bigger batches.  Once you get the sauce where you want it, add some canned tomato sauce to increase the yield.  You can also add tomato paste to increase the thickness of the sauce if you want.

If you don't want to use paste, take a separate bowl, add some warm water and flour or corn starch and mix it all up.  Once the mixture is not chunky, you can add it to your homemade sauce to thicken it.  Another tricky way to thicken up the sauce is to use Parmesan cheese.  This doesn't work as well as paste or flour/starch but does add more flavor.

After you are satisfied with the sauce, you can serve it right away or let it cool down and freeze it for later.  One good thing about homemade spaghetti sauce is that it freezes really well.  You can simply put your sauce in a freezer bag making sure all the air is out and throw it in the freezer.  The sauce will be ready whenever you are ready for it.


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