"The worst feature of a new baby is its mother's singing." — Kin Hubbard
When I was younger, I’d come home from school and quickly do my homework so I could enjoy some TV before dinner. And like clockwork every day my dad would holler my name from downstairs to help him start dinner. I used to dread it. I was at school all day and just wanted to relax, was that too much to ask?!?!
I always wondered why he even needed me there. It’s not like I chopped, diced, sliced or mixed anything. I just passed him things. I was the nurse and he was the surgeon. Instead of “scalpel, scissors, needle…” it was “spoon, salt, pepper, etc.” It drove me crazy. But I knew better than to complain. You don’t complain to Edoardo Capano.
He’d sense my annoyance and would always say: “If you watch me cook every day, you’ll learn how to do it yourself one day. You’ll memorize every pinch of salt and every dash of oregano.” In those years, I’d roll my eyes – but not so he could see of course, that would be a stupid thing to do.
Today, my husband would kill someone for my tomato sauce. He loves it. And I have my father to thank. So I’m going to share my recipe with you. It’s pretty simple, and simply delicious. You can use it for everything from spaghetti to lasagna, poured on top of stuffed peppers and baked or poured on top of breaded and fried chicken or veal and then baked. Once you’ve got the sauce, the rest is up to you. 😉
My family makes our own tomato paste every fall, so I use one jar of our paste. However, two 28oz cans of crushed tomatoes at the supermarket will do.
What You Need
***For picky eaters, you can toss the onion and garlic in whole so they can be taken out with tongs towards the end of cooking. However, if chopped finely, they’ll pretty much dissolve or blend right into the sauce while cooking.
Once you have this basic sauce down to an art, you can experiment by adding more veggies like red peppers, mushrooms, etc. I enjoy a plain sauce, some others like a super hearty one. So do what you love 😉
TIP: Some people find that tomato sauce gives them heartburn because of the acidity in the tomatoes. An easy fix for that is to add a whole peeled carrot into the sauce at the same time as basil and banana pepper and remove before serving. The carrot will absorb any acidity in the sauce plus also add a little extra sweetness.
Hope you enjoy it!
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