Because sometimes you gotta go old fashioned and dump a bunch of yummy veggies from your garden into a stock pot and make a rich yummy tomato sauce! This is no quick and easy recipe. This is one that you start in the morning and let simmer throughout the whole day. And the results are well worth it. This recipe is passed down from my Grandma Melba who loved spaghetti so much that she probably would have eaten it every day if she could have. She loved cooking from scratch and would often taste her recipes throughout the day to figure out what spices to add. I can remember the sweet smell of her tomato sauce, and whenever I want to eat a meal in her memory, I cook up a delicious pot of spaghetti sauce.
The key to any great tomato sauce is fresh, organic vegetables. I love a chunky tomato sauce full of Italian spices. And any Southerner will tell you that the longer you cook a sauce, chili, or gumbo, the more the flavors combine. A perfect sauce will not be too heavy in any particular flavor, but rather each and every component will play an important role in creating the whole delicious dish. You won’t taste too much onion or garlic, but rather, you will taste the WHOLE sauce and say, YES.
This tomato sauce is created with care and love. You must watch over it and come to it with patience, each time, tasting and deciding what spice needs to be added and how much. While the recipe below includes measurements, these are arbitrary. You must take your time and trust your own palate. Add what sounds right to you and make this recipe your own.
Once cooked up, this tomato sauce can be stored in a jar in the fridge for up to a week, and if you know how to can or jar properly, you should be able to store it for months. If you are going to store it for a long period of time, you should omit the olive oil and stick with 1/4 cup to a 1/2 a cup of lemon juice. The oil could cause the sauce to go bad. Feel free to add or delete any veggies that you love into your tomato sauce! We have a garden full of tomatoes, bell peppers, onions, garlic and basil so these veggies always get added into our sauce!
Here’s the recipe to Sweetie Pie and Cupcake’s Famous Homemade Tomato Sauce: