Tina’s Spaghetti

Until I had Tina’s Spaghetti, I had no idea how much difference a homemade sauce could make.   Canned sauce is like the TV dinner version of spaghetti.  Homemade sauce tastes like Grandma (or Cousin Tina) sat pouring love into the pot all day.

The beauty of homemade sauce though, is that it only takes a few minutes to put together, and then it works its magic as it simmers all by itself.  You can spend your day pouring love into other things, then sit down to the deliciousness at dinner.

Here’s how Tina taught me to make Spaghetti.

2 pounds Italian Sausage (can use ground beef too, but the sausage it what gives it that special flavor)

1/2 onion, chopped

1 T. minced garlic

1T. each of tarragon, basil, oregano, and crushed rosemary

2 t. salt or more to taste

1t. pepper

2 bay leaves

2 cans Italian stewed tomatoes (14 oz. each) (you can also just use crushed tomatoes or fire roasted diced tomatoes)

4 cans tomato sauce (14 oz. each)

1 can tomato paste (8 oz.)

Brown meat with onion and garlic.  Add to rest of ingredients.  Simmer for at least 30 minutes-1 hour, or put it in a crock pot on low all day.  Remove bay leaves.  Serve over gluten-free pasta.  Tinkyada is my favorite brand.

This makes a lot of sauce, so I put it in a Ziploc and freeze for another dinner or use it to make another dish like Chicken Parmesan (which you can find here) or pizza.

Thanks, Tina!  Our whole family now loves spaghetti, even the one who has avoided it since childhood.  🙂

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