Monday, August 27, 2012

Spaghetti Sauce

Happy Monday!!!  With school starting today and my garden having a ton of vegetables ready...I thought yesterday was a good time to make a batch of spaghetti sauce while picking up around the house today.  What a good idea I had! I usually always have a stash of spaghetti sauce jarred for those nights where I need a quick,  go to meal.  I've been out for some time now {shame on me}!  So onto cleaning up I went, as I had to stir my simmering sauce...pretty much all afternoon :)

So for those of you interested, here's my recipe!  It's a mix between my our grandmothers recipes that I played with to make my own.   Inspired from our Quebec roots, it might be a little different from the typical American sauces.  So here are needed ingredients;

2 tbs butter
2 tbs olive oil
4 1/2 lbs ground pork 
1 big bottle V8 vegetable juice
1 (12oz) can of tomato purée
3-4 small cans of tomato paste
4 tbs ketchup
2 tbs Worcestershire sauce
2 carrots diced

6 celery stalks diced
6-8 onions
2 large shallots minced
6-8 cloves of garlic minced
2 cps of mushrooms
1 tsp oregano
2-3 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp sariette spice
1 tsp basil
1/2 tsp mint flakes
1-2 tsp garlic salt
4-6 bay leaves
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper ( more if you want more of a kick)
1/2 brick of firm tofu cut in small cubes
Salt and pepper to taste

So for the meat I sometimes do a combination of veal and pork or beef and pork or even deer meat. and pork.  Whatever I have on hand.  I love adding the tofu {we're not big on tofu...} because you don't really taste it, but you get all the nutrients it has to offer.

I start off with 2 tbs of butter and 2 tbs of olive oil in the bottom of my pot.  I then sweat all my veggies for about 10 minutes or until onions become translucent.  I then add all my liquid ingdients with the exception of tomato paste.  Add all spices and bring to a boil.  I then add my raw meat making sure to press the meat against the sides of the pot to avoid any lumps of meat.  I simmer my sauce for about 3 hours stirring pretty often to avoid any sticking or burning at the bottom of my pot.  1/2 hour to an hour before the sauce is ready, I add the tomato paste, mix it in well and continue simmering.

Butter and Olive oil :)

 Diced up veggies
Sweating veggies


Once done, I store in mason jars which I then boil in my pressure cooker/ canner.  It is soooo good ;). I love my spaghetti sauce.  It doesn't have too many spices but it tastes just right to us.  I hope you'll try it and let me know what you think ;). Happy cooking to you!  Hope you all have a fun "back to school" week, I know it's going to be a little hectic around here...just the way we like it!!!  


  1. Hey Jen! Your sauce looks delicious. My son loves spaghetti for dinner. Next time I'll have to try your recipe. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. I always appreciate your comments.

  2. Thank you for stopping by here. It's always nice to know that someone is actually reading my posts :) I enjoy your creativity and ideas, love your blog!