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Old 10-24-2007, 10:28 AM
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I know you said you didn't want an all day thing...but this is very time effective and the best sauce I've ever had. Got the recipe from a guy from Palermo.

2 T olive oil
1/2 bunch parsley, chopped
2 chopped onion
8 choped garlic cloves
2 big can tomatoes (progresso)
2 small cans tomato paste (progresso)
1 lb ground beef (or turkey)
1 lb italian sausage (turkey works)
1 lb chicken (ground or parts)
1 T dried oregano
1 big can of chicken broth (low salt)
1/2 lb peeled carrot
1 cup cheap red wine.

Good cheese to grate for serving.

Brown meats, then onion, garlic and carrot, then add everything else. Cook on very low for 4-6 hours.

If it gets dry put in a bit more chicken stock.

I think you will be surprised how good this is!
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Old 10-24-2007, 11:07 AM
Location: on an island
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Originally Posted by fischfan13 View Post
I believe the term "easy homemade" is an oxymoron.
I respectfully disagree.
Sure, for some creations there are no shortcuts.
But I don't think a good homemade spaghetti sauce *requires* titanic effort, let alone pork neckbones.
Cattknapp's recipe (post #17) is a good example. I bet it's delicious.
I learned my sauce from my mom, who learned it from the Italian ladies on our block on Long Island. It is very similar to Elmonellie's, with not necessarily all the meat. It did have to simmer awhile, but not 6 hours.
Sometimes I add cinnamon to it, I can't remember where I picked that up.
I do agree with you about the garlic salt; really *in general* it's more about the quality of the ingredients.
Sure from scratch is the best, if you know what you're doing.
However, neither tomato paste nor Prego are by any means the Great Satan of American kitchens.
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Old 11-11-2007, 07:43 AM
Location: The Garden State
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Originally Posted by I LOVE PA! View Post
I have a sister-in-law who swears by adding a good handful of Locatelli brand cheese to her sauce. I do like it, but I like my sauce to have a nice translucent look to it, not cloudy.
My sauce I have found,
one large can tomato sauce
one large can tomato puree
one large can crushed tomatoes
dried basil
2 onions chopped real fine and browned in some olive oil first in the bottom of the pot.
no salt...you'd be surprised how much is already in canned tomatoes. I have made sauce in the crock pot before too and love the convenience.
Add Italian sausage already browned or meatballs and it turns out great!
This is exactly how I make my sauce and it is very good. Sometimes I add carrot and celery to the diced onions.
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Old 11-11-2007, 11:14 PM
Location: Jersey Shore
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Carrot and celery are a great combination! It has been years since I have had those two ingredients in a pot of sauce.
I once dated a girl who had a grandfather who added, only during the Winter, raisins and cauliflower to the sauce.
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Old 11-15-2007, 10:27 PM
Location: Springfield, MO
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For somethign super simple and quick...and cheap, you can try what my folks have always done. I plan on adding more stuff after I'm married, like the things the above people mention. but if you want a last minute sauce:

Cook up some ground chuck beef. We never made meat balls because my mom said between us 5 kids, there'd be too much of a fight over them, lol, so she just chopped it all up in small pieces.
Get a Spagetti flavoring packet to mix into the meet after you've drained the grease out.
Then had a can of tomato puree (or more if you are making it for many people).
put a little water (about 1/4 can) in the can, slosh it around to get what little puree is left in the can and add to the sauce.
Maybe some garlic or onion powder (or minced garlic or onion).
Or if you'd like something sweeter, add brown sugar. No measurements here. Just add a little until it's just the right sweetness
Simple, quick, and easy oh, and cheap
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