Ospidillo Cafe Spaghetti Sauce

"It doesn't get more simple than this -- a commercial type spaghetti sauce that you can also use for lasagna. I recommend using a large, heavy-bottomed cooking pot because this recipe makes a lot of sauce and it has to simmer for three hours. Short of traveling to Italy, you won't find many sauces that taste better. I typically use whatever I what I need when I make up a batch and freeze the rest in zip-lock bags."
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Ready In:
3hrs 20mins
1 1/2 gallons




  • Combine all ingredients and simmer over a slow boil for three hours. Remove bay leaves before serving.

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  1. Wow! This is a super basic recipe for spaghetti sauce! I added some basil and backed off on the chili powder, also was out of bay leaves. I also threw in some mushrooms, olives and chopped green bell peppers. The cider vinegar is BRILLIANT. The ground chuck gave it a wonderful flavor. I can't tell you how many different recipes I've tried looking for the perfect sauce- and now I've found it. Thanks for a great, flexible recipe. I love that the great, meaty flavor isn't just from throwing in a bunch of spices; it gives us a lot of room to make it our own. WONDERFUL!
  2. This was good but was very sweet. I would ease up on the sugar next time and add in some basil.
  3. I made this sauce for my first OAMC session and I loved it. It had just the right amount of kick and was very easy to make. I'd like to try making it with fresh tomatoes instead of sauce and paste next time.
  4. Fantastic!!! I made this and froze in 3 batches. We had the first batch tonite for dinner. I loved the slightly sweet taste! I added some meatballs that I had made ahead. The only thing I adjusted was slightly less on the chili powder. Good job!
  5. I can't say enough. My kids loved this. I think it was because it was a little sweet. It went over great with my family....


<p>I am a retired State Park Resort Manager/Ranger. <br /><br />Anyway, as to my years in the State Park System (retired now), I was responsible for 4 restaurants/dining rooms on my park and my boss at Central Headquarters said I should spend less time in my kitchens and more time tending to my park budget. I spent 25 years in those kitchens and worked with some really great chefs over those years, (and some really awful ones too!) <br /><br />I spent THOUSANDS of hours on every inch of that park and adjacent state forest (60,000 acres) and sometimes I miss it. But mostly I miss being in that big beautiful resort lodge kitchen. I miss my little marina restaurant down on the Ohio River too. I served the best Reuben Sandwich (my own recipe -- posted on 'Zaar as The Shawnee Marina Reuben Sandwich) in both the State of Ohio and the Commonwealth of Kentucky down there and sold it for $2.95. Best deal on the river! <br /><br />They (friends and neighbors) call my kitchen The Ospidillo Cafe. Don't ask me why because it takes about a case of beer, time-wise, to explain the name. Anyway, it's a small galley kitchen with a Mexican motif (until my wife catches me gone for a week or so), and it's a very BUSY kitchen as well. We cook at all hours of the day and night. You are as likely to see one of my neighbors munching down over here as you are my wife or daughter. I do a lot of recipe experimentation and development. It has become a really fun post-retirement hobby -- and, yes, I wash my own dishes. <br /><br />Also, I'm the Cincinnati Chili Emperor around here, or so they say. (Check out my Ospidillo Cafe Cincinnati Chili recipe). SKYLINE CHILI is one of my four favorite chilis, and the others include: Gold Star Chili, Empress Chili and, my VERY favorite, Dixie. All in and around Cincinnati. Great stuff for cheap and I make it at home too. <br /><br />I also collect menus and keep them in my kitchen -- I have about a hundred or so. People go through them and when they see something that they want, I make it the next day. That presents some real challenges! <br /><br />http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/parks/parks/shawnee.htm</p>
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