Fail-Proof BEST EVER Homemade Spaghetti Sauce Recipe
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Every once in a while, I just have one of those days. Kids wake up an hour before they’re supposed to. I forget my senses and take my vitamins first thing in the morning before I’ve had my coffee or breakfast (cue nausea in three… two… one…). And then, I get lost watching a YouTube video about nothing in particular and mindlessly open a 28oz. can of pumpkin puree without even realizing it. Wait, I’m the only one that’s done that? Guess I know what I’m making today…
Two hours before I need to take off to pick up my last Zaycon order of the year, I start making the pie crusts. Only, I miss the instruction that says “Refrigerate humongous pie-dough-discs for one hour or overnight or better yet, the rest of your LIFE”. Into the fridge they go, I still have an hour and a half. Surely I can get it done before 2 pm when I have to meet Rudy at his truck?
Wait. Rudy? Zaycon! I already forgot! I forgot to clean out the freezer to make room for 80lbs of beef! Two kids under the age of five NOT taking a nap today, and I need to break away to clean the freezer in the garage. Ugh. That’s not happening.
Pies go in the oven one hour before I need to be there. I have enough time. I think. Oh wait- bake 15 min at 425°, then 45 min at 350°??? I need to BE THERE in an hour!?! I wonder if I can shut the oven off when I leave and fire it up when I get back.
Yeah, it’s been that kind of day…
Growing up, my family made spaghetti sauce once a week. Not because we liked it that much, but mostly because it was a quick-fix meal on nights when no one had time (or the patience) to cook. Miraculously, my parents never could make the sauce taste the same twice. They never had a written recipe, just “I always make it this way”, and then the nervousness at the table would set in when we would HOPE this sauce tasted like the one we remembered two months ago.
I learned my lesson. WRITE THINGS DOWN. Because, as luck would have it, I have their ‘re-memory’. If I don’t write it down, I forget it. Over the years, I’ve tweaked their recipe, to the point it is no longer anywhere CLOSE to theirs, and my family LOVES it. It is now fail-proof in our house, anyone can make it, and we’ll always LOVE the result. As long as they READ the recipe 😉 And, now that I have it written in stone, I’m sharing it all with you! Because the internet is like, forever.
This makes a good, healthy portion for a family of six. Or for a family of three or four, a dinner with enough for another night (it freezes SO WELL!) I double the recipe just to save myself time down the road and freezing the rest. Dinner in under ten minutes next week (once thawed, and water is boiling for the noodles). Sign me up!