How do you make your sauce?

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How do you make your sauce?

Postby fueledbycoffee » Fri Aug 15, 2008 12:31 pm

I'm just a tad proud of my legendary spaghetti sauce (even though I'm apparently the only human capable of eating it. At least without a massive diarrhea attack afterwards.), so I was just wondering what all of your recipes for spaghetti sauce were.

Here's mine:

1 Can of random brand store-bought sauce (I like the Hunt's Zesty & Spicy)

About a quarter of one of those little store-bought spice thingies. Oregano, basil, minced onions, and double that for garlic.

Half a bottle of Texas Pete hot sauce.

Half a bottle of Lea & Perrins Worchestershire Sauce.

Two shots of Jim Beam.

Stir. Boil. Eat with well boiled spaghetti & meatless balls.

And yes, I discovered this wonderful recipe when bored and I decided to mix random shit together.
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Re: How do you make your sauce?

Postby FirstMateNate » Mon Aug 18, 2008 6:02 pm

Among other things, I like to put cinnamon, ginger and raisins in mine.
I hadn't thought of Jim Beam. I'll have to try that next.

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Re: How do you make your sauce?

Postby WelshRarePasta » Mon Aug 18, 2008 6:56 pm

Honestly, that sounds closer to rocket fuel than what I think of as Marinara sauce, but nevertheless quite tasty. I like to make mine ultra simple:

Fresh tomatoes
Fresh basil, oregano, and thyme
Onion, garlic, olive oil
Hot Italian sausage (if desired)

Skin and cook tomatoes down in a pot.
Saute diced onion and garlic in olive oil til transparent in a sausepan, toss in herbs chopped finely, skin and chop in the sausage. Brown sausage for ~5 minutes over medium-low flame.
Add saucepan contents to your tomatoes, toss in a dash of white wine and balsamic vinegar, simmer on very low heat for ~45 minutes.
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Re: How do you make your sauce?

Postby Cardinal Fang » Wed Aug 20, 2008 5:01 am


Tomato sauce:
1 can of whole plum tomatos
Clove of garlic

Empty the can of tomatos into a colander or sieve and use your hands to squish out all of the juice so you have a nice pulp.
Chop or crush garlic. Fry it in a little oil until clear but not brown.
Add the tomatos. Warm through quickly.
Stir into cooked pasta.

Can add fresh herbs if I've got them.


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Bacon or pancetta
2 eggs
100g/ 1 - 1 1/2 cups of grated parmesan
A wee bit of oil or butter

Put your pasta on to cook.
Chop bacon or pancetta into strips
Fry bacon in the oil or butter until it's cooked the way you like it - I like mine crispy.
Put this all to one side, oil and all.
Mix 2 beaten egg yolks with half the freshly grated parmesan cheese.

When the pasta is done, drain it quickly and return it to the pan so that there's a tiny bit of water still there.
OFF THE HEAT - add in the bacon (with the oil) and stir.
Add the eggs and stir.

When the eggs hit the pasta it forms this creamy cheesy sauce. This is why you don't do it on the heat, so the eggs don't scramble.

Serve with the other half of the parmesan on top.

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Re: How do you make your sauce?

Postby Ubi Dubium » Thu Aug 21, 2008 11:24 am

One Jar of random cheapo spaghetti sauce
A big dollop of Worchestershire, and a bigger dollop of whatever wine is hanging around.
A good squirt of Sriracha
A handful of whatever fresh herbs are available in my garden, chopped (currently basil, oregano, thyme, tarragon, sage and rosemary).
A pile of frozen meatballs from the warehouse store.

Simmer at least an hour, and serve over whatever pasta shape the kids are in the mood for.

And - most important - lots and lots of fresh-grated parmesan, and not that dry sandy crap out of a can. A restaurant tried to serve one of my kids that impostor cheese once, and she just looked at it and said "I thought it said "with cheese"! And what's this awful stuff?"
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Re: How do you make your sauce?

Postby Moral Minority » Thu Aug 21, 2008 2:37 pm

Soy mayonnaise, mustard, cloves and lemon.


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Re: How do you make your sauce?

Postby waldo » Sat Sep 27, 2008 4:10 pm

Spaghetti sauce:

I grow my own tomatoes, onion, garlic, and herbs. The FSM loves my sauce because everything is home grown.
To skin tomatoes just dip them in boiling water for a second or two and dip them in cold water and poof off comes the skin.

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Re: How do you make your sauce?

Postby Karban » Sat Sep 27, 2008 5:16 pm


Garr Matey, a touch of vegemite works wonders

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Re: How do you make your sauce?

Postby nicci :) » Sat Nov 22, 2008 9:22 pm

IMHO, it's all in the oil. Use the best olive oil you can get.

Oil from the greek salad the night before ... or just make some fresh (soak a chopped tomato in olive oil with origano thyme marjoram & onions for as long as you can). Add chilies etc whatever you want at this stage.

Peppers in a frying pan or under a grill smothered in oil on high heat give the oil an amazingly sweet rich taste (the peppers are pretty dam amzing too)

Grated carrot added after the liquid so they dissolve-ish makes a really smooth sweet effect ... really good if there's a storng tasting ingredient to help blend things

2 shot glasses of whatever red wine we are drinking.

Fresh black pepper while cooking.

Time... really.. time is most important... simmer then get that sauce off the heat .. wait, add a little water, reheat... simmer .

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Re: How do you make your sauce?

Postby jamieson » Wed Mar 18, 2009 5:22 am

saute' garlic and onion
add the ground beef let it brown and cooked
add hotdogs and mushrooms
then add tomato sauce or spaghetti sauce
let it boil..
put little bit of salt and pepper to taste

that's how i cook my spaghetti sauce!

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Re: How do you make your sauce?

Postby PKMKII » Sat Mar 21, 2009 11:00 pm

jamieson wrote:saute' garlic and onion
add the ground beef let it brown and cooked
add hotdogs and mushrooms
then add tomato sauce or spaghetti sauce
let it boil..
put little bit of salt and pepper to taste

that's how i cook my spaghetti sauce!

Hotdogs? Your're not filipino, are you?

Anyway, this is my "Little old Italian lady from Brooklyn" basic marinara. You can multiply the recipe depending on how many "cans" worth of sauce you want to make.

28-oz can of crushed tomatoes*
3-4 cloves of garlic, crushed
1/4 of a large onion, finely chopped
sprinkle of chopped basil leaves (only necessary if the can of tomatoes doesn't already have basil in it)
a splash of roasting/frying olive oil (This idea that you have to use Extra Virgin olive oil for absolutely everything in cooking is a common myth. For basic sauteing, a cheaper frying olive oil imparts a more appropriate flavor)

Heat olive oil over medium-high heat in a frying pan. And onions and saute for a few minutes, then add the garlic. Saute until the onions turn translucent, but be careful not to burn the garlic. Burnt garlic will destroy a pot of sauce. Put the onions, garlic, tomatoes (and possibly the basil) in a medium-to-large sized pot. Bring to a simmer and cook for 30-45 minutes, or until the sauce has reached the desired thickness.

Said little old Italian lady also has an awesome meat sauce variation on this, but that's of the "high guarded family secret entrusted to family members and immediate friends of the family" variety.

*(note on using fresh tomatoes: unless you grew them yourself, or you bought them directly from the farmer, canned tomatoes are better. Why? Because tomatoes you buy from the supermarket are bred for two things: long shelf life and the toughness to handle the commercial shipping process. Taste is not a concern. Tomatoes grown for canning, however, do not need to be shipped, or handle sitting on the shelf, so they can be grown with taste as the primary concern).
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Re: How do you make your sauce?

Postby VermontPastafarian » Sun Mar 22, 2009 5:25 pm

Yellow Sauce

5 ripe yellow tomatoes (Sweeter and less acidic) - Blended
1/4 cup Olive Oil Blend (I use Marconi brand)
3 leaves fresh basil
1 Bulb Roasted Garlic (I Mash them and then stir them in)
2 Small Shallots Diced
1 Glass of Almaden Mountain Burgundy Wine (the rest will like be consumed with the meal)
Liberal dashes of Oregano
Salt and Pepper to taste

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Re: How do you make your sauce?

Postby Robert.Dowsett » Sun Apr 12, 2009 9:56 pm

3 onions, 6 cloves of garlic, diced and microwaved (I know), while I brown 1.7 kg mince with a good dollop of white wine. Add 4 tins of crushed tomatoes, 3 containers of tomato concentrate, the onions and garlic, bay leaves, oregano, rosemary and basil.
Simmer for 8 hours, refrigerate overnight, enjoy and freeze remaining in single or double serves (350 or 700 gms).

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