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Homemade Spaghetti Sauce and Memories
Spaghetti Sauce and Memories.
One of my fondest childhood memories is the ones shared with my Aunt Bea. She is the person who taught me not only how to cook but how to love to create in the kitchen. I would stay with her every summer for a few weeks, sort of a vacation away from home. I would look forward to it for months. She was a funny, loving Aunt who had all the time in the world for a silly girl's questions and dreams.
I can still remember the summer when she decided I was old enough and responsible enough to be taught her homemade spaghetti sauce recipe. What a monumentous event. You don't understand, I was the only neice to recieve the honor. Her spaghetti sauce was the best anyone of the family and anyone out of the family had ever tasted. There was never any lack of company when she made that sauce. People would stand, plate in hand, if they had to just to get some of her sauce.
So, every summer we worked on that spaghetti sauce. Me learning and she teaching me everything I needed to know about how to make it just rigth. We would talk as we chopped the onion, green peppers, garlic, and tomatoes making the chore seem as though it would take only minutes. The sizzling of the meat and the smell of the vegetables would rise to tickle our noses as the sauce began to bubble.
The tantalizing aroma would drift out of the open windows and doors and soon people would begin to drift towards the kitchen as though being pulled by a magnet. She would shoosh them away and we would continue talking. I loved these special times with my Aunt. I would tell you secrets and she would smile, nod and add a word to my stream of conversation every now and then. No matter what I told her, she never seemed to judge. She just seemed to understand . It was an important time in my life and my fondest memory of my childhood.
She helped me to grow into a level headed adult, with the confidence to carry on in life. I wish she could have seen my girls, she would have been so proud of them. I raised them in much the same way my Aunt would have. I spent the time listening to them, not judging, and looking like I understood them, even when I didn't.
Those days with my Aunt Bea will always be treasured by me, she gave an adult to talk to, a friend, and a darn good spaghetti sauce recipe. Everytime I smell spaghetti sauce I think of her.
Aunt Bea's Spaghetti Sauce Recipe
2 lb ground chuck
2 lbs Italian sausage, cut in 2" lengths
1/2 lb boneless chuck beef, cut into 2" chunks
1/2 lb boneless pork, cut into 2" chunks
2 large onions, chopped
2 large green peppers, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp olive oil
2 cups water
8 to 10 large tomatoes, peeled and chopped
2 6oz cans tomato paste
1/2 tsp marjoram
1 tsp oregano
2 tsp Italian seasoning
1 tsp crushed basil
2 bay leaves
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
1 lb fresh mushrooms, sliced
Heat olive oil in large stock pot, crumble ground chuck, Italian chunks, beef chunks, and pork chunks.
As meat begins to brown add onion, green pepper, and garlic. Saute until ground chuck is thoroughly browned.
Mix in the rest of the ingredients thoroughly.
Cover and simmer for 4 to 6 hours.
How to freeze leftover sauce
- Let your sauce cool to room temperature.
- Place sauce in small ziplock bags. This will allow you to take out as little or as much sauce as you will need. That way there is less waste.
- Label each bag with date and description of contents.
- Lay bad flat in freezer until it is frozen through. You can then stack the bags of frozen sauce.
- To thaw, you can place in refrigerator overnight. Or you can place bag in pot of water and slowly heat.
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