Now, I’m not dogging on Prego Spaghetti sauce, but once you start making your own sauce–you will NEVER go back to sauce in a jar. I have several bottles in my food storage, but those are only for emergencies 🙂 Nothing gets better than a big vat of spaghetti sauce cooking on your stove–the smell is to die for! It really isn’t hard once you give it a try. I make up a HUGE batch every 3 months or so and then freeze the sauce in ziploc bags or Tupperware containers. Having homemade spaghetti sauce makes dinners a breeze. I love to make lasagna, spaghetti, meatball sandwiches, chicken parmesan, manicotti, etc. with my sauce. You can make homemade french bread (recipe in past post) and just dip in the sauce as an appetizer–it is awesome! So….here is how you can make your own gourmet spaghetti sauce in your own home (this beats Olive Gardens any day!!)
How do I know when I need to make a batch of my sauce??….I cleaned out my freezer and found a MASSIVE amount of Italian Sausage. When it goes on sale, I stock up! (That’s probably not a surprise to anyone) By the way, Tennessee Pride and Jimmy Dean sausage is the ONLY brand of sausage I will buy. My garden is also bursting with peppers, zucchini, tomatoes & other vegetables. Throw them in your sauce! This recipe is great because it uses several vegetables and your family will never know–it’s a great way to sneak vegetables into your children’s diets.
**One of my favorite tricks…if you have extra tomatoes in your garden and don’t want to can them, FREEZE them! Rinse them off, cut out the core and place in freezer bags (don’t remove skin). Keep in your freezer until you are ready to use in later recipes, for homemade red sauce, chili, etc.