Chi's Homemade Pasta Sauce
This is a very easy recipe to make, and has so much potential to be tweaked however you want it! Even my Italian Nanna loves it!
I'll do the small recipe since that's the one I do for just me and hubby. The seasonings will not have quantities because everyone's tastes are different, these are just what I put into my sauce. Like anything that takes time to cook taste test regularly so you can adjust the flavours!
Cook time 1 hour minimum (the longer the better, I usually give it 4-5 hours)Ingredients
1 28oz can of DICED tomatoes
2 cups vegetable cocktail (may need more depending on how long you let it simmer)
1 cube chicken/beef/vegetable bouillon (depending on what it's accompanying)
1 medium onion diced
1 carrot shredded (use only if you find your sauce to be salty or bitter)
1 tablespoon Extra Virgin olive oil
1-2 bay leaves
1/8 teaspoon Nutmeg
Italian seasoning - to taste
Fresh ground pepper - to taste
Garlic - fresh or powdered to taste Optional Ingredients to taste of course
Wine, red or white is fine but make sure it's a dry wine
Sherry, NOT cooking sherry, it's salty!
Jack Daniels...Yes I said JD! It adds an interesting flavour to the sauce
**The options are all just suggestions and you can basically add whatever you like!Directions
1... Heat oil in a heavy medium sauce pan at medium heat and add the onions to sweat them out until they're a little translucent.
2... While sweating the onions use a food processor or blender to puree the diced tomatoes. Leave it a little chunkier if you like.
3... Add tomatoes and vegetable cocktail to the sauce. Including the bouillon cube, bay leaves and nutmeg at this point too.
4... Begin adding the herbs and whatever your heart desires, checking regularly to make sure one flavor doesn't overpower any of the others!
5... This sauce turns out better the longer you can simmer it, but if you have less time I'd suggest reducing the vegetable cocktail by half and adding more if necessary. I've made it in an hour or less but long is good here!