Spaghetti Sauce

Wherever I can, I like to make cooking supper easier, especially as the hour right before always seems to be when things start falling apart. One of my tricks is to make a huge batch of spaghetti sauce at the beginning of the week. Then I can use it for several different meals and part of the work is already done. Friday night is our pizza/movie night so I use the sauce for that. I also can then use it for spaghetti or some other kind of pasta bake such as lasagna. If I know I won’t be able to use it all, then it freezes really well, so I can always freeze portions of it for another time. Spaghetti sauce is also a great way to use up some other bits of veg as well. Sometimes I cook up some ground turkey too. I saute onions, and often peppers and mushrooms when I make my sauce. I chop them up pretty small and the kids don’t really notice them, especially if it is on the pizza. It’s not really a recipe as such, but I got the method from my sister-in-law. First I chop up and saute an onion (and whatever other veg I want) and then sprinkle some dried oregano and basil, and let it saute until the veg is soft. Next I add a 102 ounce can of crushed tomatoes. Stir it up really well and add a sprinkle of sugar and some salt and pepper. Taste and adjust. If it tastes too acidic, you need a little bit more sugar. Feel free to experiment, it is fairly forgiving. Let it simmer a while and taste again, and there you go. Delicious sauce and part of your cooking for the week just got easier. What are some of your timesaving/ multitasking foods?

family, food • Thursday, February 18th, 2010 • 9 Comments »
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9 Responses to “Spaghetti Sauce”

  1. Petit Filoux says:

    I like to make things in big enough quantities so we have enough for another meal – so four portions in all. It’s convenient, and I find things always taste better when you cook in bulk. But then there’s only 2 of us to feed so it’s relatively easy to make stuff in bulk.

  2. brandy says:

    That looks so yummy! Our family loves spaghetti and pizza so this sounds like a GREAT idea to me. Saturday night is our movie night! Just curious… does that one pizza feed all six of you? We love homemade pizza, but getting the timing of the rising dough and getting 2-3 (my kids eat an insane amount of pizza!) pizzas in the oven is tricky for me. So tell me… how do you do it?! Also,I’d love your recipe for pizza dough if you make your own!

  3. Jennifer says:

    brandy, I make two pizzas and have a huge salad and chopped veggies which makes the pizza go farther. I make the dough in my bread machine so I know it takes exactly an hour and a half to be ready to roll out. I always have the kids start out with veggies first so they’re not starving when the pizza is out, then one is enough to get everybody at least one piece while the other one is cooking.

    My pizza dough recipe is 1 1/4 cups water, 2 tbsps oil, 3/4 tsp salt, 3 1/4 cups flour and 1 1/2 tsp salt. Dump in bread machine and hit dough cycle. I divide this in half and make two pizzas. Hope you enjoy!

  4. Anna, Sydney says:

    Oh that looks yummy. And you’re so clever with your sauce batch.

    I make casseroles that we sometimes eat several nights in a row (I know, so boring even though it’s very yummy) when we’re lazy, otherwise I freeze it for short-of-time-nights and the nights when we’re just lazy. When I had an oven I also used to make quiches and freeze it in pieces. Bolognese is another excellent food to make a big batch and then freeze in smaller boxes.

    Hope you’re feeling better today.

  5. AG Ambroult says:

    mmmm. Making a big batch at the beginning of the week is a great head start to the week.

  6. Emily says:

    Great idea! We love homemade pizza night too.

  7. brandy says:

    Thanks so much Jennifer! I will be giving this a go tomorrow night. I’ll let you know how it turns out!

  8. French Knots says:

    I love a big dish that can be used for more than one meal, I make extra when we have chilli and serve the rest the next day wrapped in puff pastry. We call it savory slice and the children love it with potato wedges.

  9. Rosaleen says:

    we’re having homemade pizza tonight, we love it in our house! I use a different recipe for my pizza sauce from the once that i use for pasta though…my pasta sause has alot of tomato puree (tomato paste?) in it which makes it coat the pasta rather than sliding of it, it’s the way my husband likes pasta suace to be. Your recipe sounds delicious and your photo of pizza is making me hungry for tea-time to arrive!

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