The big difference this time was the use of red wine. I have heard people talk about it and they swear you can't make a sauce without it. Now, I agree!
- 1 onion chopped
- 6 cloves garlic pressed
- ½ tsp red pepper flakes
- 1 sm can tomato paste
- 3 28 oz cans crushed tomatoes
- 1 28 oz can tomato sauce
- 1 c dry red wine
- 1 tbsp Italian seasoning blend (marjoram, thyme, rosemary, sage, oregano, basil)
- Pinch sea salt
- 3 turns of freshly ground black pepper
- 2 bay leaves
- ½ c water (if it will be simmering for a while, wait 45 min or so to decide if you'll need it)
- Pinch white sugar, if needed (wait an hour)
- In a large pot or dutch oven, heat 2 tbsp olive oil over medium high heat
- Add onions and garlic; saute until softened, about 5 minutes, adding red pepper flakes halfway through
- Add tomato paste and stir until completely mixed
- Add tomatoes and sauce, stir. Add wine.
- Add Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, and bay leaves. Stir
- Let simmer over low/medium-low heat, stirring every 15 minutes. After about 45 minutes, I noticed that it was a nice thick sauce, but I would be simmering for another 3 hours and didn't want it to get too thick. This is when I added the water.
- After an hour or so, if it tastes too tart, add a pinch of sugar or two. I added one.
- I let my sauce simmer for 4 hours before we ate. In the last 30 minutes, I dropped in the meatballs Jon baked. For the meatball recipe, click here.
I don't mean to toot my own horn too much, but this sauce was perfect. It wasn't too sweet or too tart, but had the perfect balance of rich tomato flavor with just enough garlic and seasoning.
Three hours after devouring 2 meatballs and a plate of spaghetti with sauce, I pulled the sauce back out and ate it with some crusty bread. I already had some leftovers for lunch, and am looking forward to toasted meatball subs for dinner. I think I may even need to make chicken parm tomorrow just to use more of this sauce.
Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. GO PHILLIES!!!Print this post