Last summer, we grew tomatoes and ended up with an overabundance, so I was busy creating recipes for salsa, marinara sauce and much more. I made a delicious spaghetti sauce that can be found on TeeWii from scratch. The tomatoes are long gone now but that doesn’t mean we aren’t craving some good spaghetti in my house. I’m a fan of taking a bit of pre made ingredients and recreating them to make your own delicious concoction.
Using tomato sauce from the grocery store is absolutely allowed. Simply add your own ingredients to make the sauce your own. I usually have some sort of fresh herbs in the fridge or growing in the garden, so whatever you have on hand works. Today I happened to have oregano (leftover from the pasta salad) and used that, in addition to the staple herbs I keep on hand. Get creative and use whatever you have in your pantry and fridge!
- 1 lb spaghetti
- 2 25 oz cans tomato sauce
- 6 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 T dried basil
- 2 T Italian seasoning
- 3 T fresh oregano, chopped
- 2 T tomato paste
- 2 t garlic powder
- T extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup red wine (use a good wine that you would drink)
- In a medium sauce pan, heat olive oil and garlic until fragrant. Add remaining ingredients and simmer for 2 hours.
- Prepare pasta as directed. Drain and add sauce to pasta. Keep warm and let sit for up to two hours.
- I like a lot of sauce with my pasta but I find that if you add it right away and serve it, then it tends to be too saucy. By letting it sit before serving, the pasta soaks up the sauce and makes it thick.