The aroma that filled our kitchen today was tantalizing! This robust sauce certainly was worth the wait. This is different than any other sauces that we've tried...for us it was very "fruity" in flavor. I'm not sure if it was the combination of herbs or the brand of tomatoes - all in all it was extremely delicious and very hearty. Ours was not at any point thin and coated the pasta perfectly. Your "old world" description is appropriate but we would even venture to call it "out of this world". Thanks FarahC!
Best spaghetti sauce ever!
Excellent recipe! I made without water and with canned chopped tomatoes that I pureed in the blender. The texture was perfect!
I LOVED it!!! Simply terrific recipe. Goes great with your meatball recipe.
My DH said I hit it out of the ball park with this recipe. He LOVES Spaghetti Sauce and has eaten it a lot. He says this is THE BEST of all the sauces he has eaten. I am not a red sauce fan but now I am!!!! I will not ever try another sauce. This is the 2nd time in a month I have made it. I put it in the crock pot minus 1 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes. I added homemade Italian sausage from Sunflower Market. This sausage has little grease, so I broke the sausage into little pieces and just threw them in without cooing them. I add only 1/2 TBLS of sugar, didn't want a sweet sauce. Added a tsp of Worcestershire Sauce, a tsp of Marjoram and Fennel seed. Then threw in a pinch of Baking Soda. I now have put this recipe in a special place so I will always know where it is. If you love spaghetti sauce this is a MUST TRY!!! It really does have an old world flavor to it. You won't be sorry.
It is still cooking, and has been ''tasted'' by both of us, over the course of the afternoon. Yum, yum! I halved the recipe easily--used fresh basil and some fresh tomato cut tiny. I agree with one of the other raters that the sauce was plenty thick! In fact, I added a little water. A KEEPER!! THX!
This sauce had a great flavor. It really did taste like an Old World recipe! It was neither too sweet nor bland. It was not spicy, but it was not flat either. I was glad you warned it would be thin. It was indeed very runny. Only the tomato chunks stayed on top of our spaghetti. But, the flavor was so wonderful I didn't care. I had to make alterations for my ingredients and lifestyle. First, I used a crockpot. I had to substitute tomato paste and water for the tomato puree. I only had cans of whole tomatoes instead of crushed, so I put those in the blender. I was out of basil, so I used parsley. We don't have any wine in the house, so I substituted cranberry juice. The cranberry juice was put in much sooner than wine would have been so it would meld with the other ingredients. I couldn't believe how authentic it tasted. I was frightened to use a fruit juice, but I recommend it heartily. Yum. We had premade, frozen non-Italian flavored meatballs, and they went well with the sauce too. I don't think we could have served anything that would have detracted from its flavor. This made a TON of sauce. I ended up storing the leftovers in 4 freezer bags. Each had a one-gallon capacity, and I think they were 1/4 full. I tried to divide into portions similar to what we used for dinner that night. This would be great for making batches to freeze, or it works well for huge families. Maybe it was so runny because I had to substitute for the crushed tomatoes. I might have had more juice. I didn't know if I was supposed to drain them or not. I ended up reducing the water to accommodate the extra juice from the canned tomatoes. Maybe if I had not used that juice, mixed my own puree and used an alcohol substitute that wouldn't have evaporated, I wouldn't have had such a runny sauce. That is the only reason I ranked this a 4. It was so sloppy it splashed on my shirt, face, arms and table.
Whenever we want spaghetti for dinner I usually buy a quart of spaghetti sauce from a local restaurant instead of making it. I gave your recipe a try and I am so glad I did. It was the best I have ever tasted ! It make a large amount so I can freeze extra for several more dinners.
Can't make a star review yet, but I accidentally added the wine with the spices! :( hopefully it comes out as good as it looks and smells.
I made this for bf who is a hunter and very picky. I added venison burger (1 lb)and venison sausage (1/2 lb,)when cooking the onions, added the spices during this process because i am still not 100% wild on venison burger,I did add a touch more sugar and a splash of Worcestershire. I loved it and he thought it was the best sauce he ever had. Thank you :)