Fair warning. You may want to eat all of this sauce yourself. You may find yourself snacking on this with a little pasta or spaghetti squash, or dipping it in a good French bread. I have always been a pasta girl, but in more recent years, I have found that I end up feeling a bit too full on most occasions. That didn’t stop me from making this red-sauce a regular part of my meal planning. I spent years adding ingredients and testing different spices to this sauce. I am always willing to change or adapt, but here is a step-by-step to how I usually tackle my homemade “killer” red-sauce.
Ingredients you need:
Take a couple cans of organic tomato sauce and a can of diced tomatoes. If you can get your hands on a large can of Nina tomatoes/sauce, use half of that. It is fantastic!
This picture shows everything except the oil and bay leaves. I will go through the list later, since there are some options for substitutions.
First, melt some coconut oil in a large cast iron pot. Mine is enamel-coated and it is amazing!
Next, dice up half an onion and cook in the oil until browned. Add 3-4 gloves of crushed garlic and sautée.
I do not measure my spices, I just take pinches and taste my sauce as it cooks. Here is a list of ones I like. Remember, know your spices! Taste them before you put them in so you start to know how much you would like in your sauce.
- Red Pepper Flakes
- Cayenne Pepper
- Old Bay Seasoning (just a few shakes)\
- Pasta Sprinkle (this is a mix you can use of some of the spices above!)
- Herbes de Provence (Adds fun flavor)
- Salt and Pepper
Add ground beef and sauce to the pot!
At this point, taste your sauce. Too spicy? Too bland? Not enough kick? Add spice accordingly. I find that in almost every sauce, I need a bit of a warming balance. This is a tradition from my side of the family…a small spoonful of brown sugar.
Remove the bay leaves or use for garnish and serve! I made a delicious spaghetti squash for my “noodle” base. Split in half, scoop out insides. Salt, pepper and Kerrygold butter in the middle. Cook in the oven at 400 degrees F for 45 mins.
Remember, you can be creative in your kitchen and take something ordinary like a “spaghetti sauce” and make a killer red-sauce that warms the hearts and bellies of all who come to your table. Serve with a glass of wine from the same bottle in the sauce. Now that’s a perfect pairing. 🙂