Monday, August 31, 2009

Happy Freezer Stock-up Day!

Today was mostly cool and cloudy. Perfect day to stock up the freezer with some soups and sauces. I spent most of the morning chopping veggies, and stirring pots of lentil soup, pea soup, and spaghetti sauce. I use Barefoot Contessa's recipes for the soups. The spaghetti sauce recipe comes from my dad's memories of spaghetti he ate as a kid. He grew up in a predominately Italian neighborhood (well Sicilian to be exact) and he loved his spaghetti sauce dark and thick. I've posted the recipe if you're interested.

Bill's Spaghetti Sauce:
1 large yellow onion finely chopped
4 cloves of garlic minced
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp crushed dried rosemary
1 bay leaf
2 15 ounce cans tomato sauce, plus two cans of water
2 14.5 ounce cans diced tomatoes, plus two cans of water
1 6 ounce can tomato paste
1/4 cup (approximately) red wine vinegar. (Honestly I just pour and taste until I think there's enough.)

Add olive oil to pot until bottom is just covered.
Saute onions until smushy soft (almost a paste).
Add garlic and dried herbs and cook for about two minutes (add a little water if necessary to keep from scorching).
Add canned tomato products and water.
Add bay leaf
Stir in red wine vinegar.
Bring to boil, reduce heat, and simmer with lid ajar stirring occasionally until sauce is reduced by half (approximately 3-4 hours).

Tomorrow is clean the stove top day!

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