Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

What you need in a good spaghetti sauce is balance between the savory and sweet elements.

Onions, garlic and olive oil add the savory portion of the sauce as well as a few choice herbs.

To supply the sweet, I like to use some grated carrot, and I use purple (red) onions which are naturally sweeter than white. I caramelize these in the oil to bring out the flavor.

The tomato has a dual role tying the savory and sweet together. If you are so lucky to have fresh tomatoes, by all means use them!! Add any garden vegetable that suits your fancy, and/or mushrooms, anything goes here.

Plus with the right amount of salt enhancing the flavor, your sauce will be magnificent!!

(Note that celtic sea salt, or similar, adds a beautiful savory flavor all its own)

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

1-2 carrots, shredded
1-2 cups garden vegetables (if using)
1/4-1/2 med. onion
2-4 cloves garlic
1 large can tomatoes, diced (or about 10 fresh)
2 or more tbsp. olive oil (be liberal)
Herbs de provence (usually basil, oregano, thyme, anise seed, a touch of sage works, have fun!!)
Salt to taste

Caramelize your vegetables in the oil over a medium heat, this includes the onion, but hold off on adding the garlic until the last minute or it will burn. Add the tomatoes and simmer until reduced into a nice thick sauce (will take longer if your using fresh). Add your herbs, taste, salt, taste, and voila!! Beautiful, delicious, homemade spaghetti sauce!! Yum, enjoy. :D

*Add a pound of ground beef if desired.

Serve over GF pasta

*As an additional note/idea I am personally sensitive to tomatoes, so I like to take about six red bell peppers, put em' under the broiler, peel and de-seed them, put em' in the blender and use them as a replacement for tomatoes. Yummy!! (Preparing them sounds gruesome doesn't it? ;p)

3 comments:

John Guzlowski said...

Carrots! I love it. I'll have to try them.

Inky said...

the roasted peppers cleaned and pureed are actually yummy for pasta.

Cynthia said...

Hi Strawberry girl, I like the
idea of adding carrots to my
homemade sauce to balance out
the acidity.

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