Homemade Italian Spaghetti Sauce

Tomato season is upon us and, to me, making you own Homemade Italian Spaghetti Sauce is a great way to use them!

Homemade Italian Spaghetti Sauce

This is an easy sauce to make and the majority of the cooking time is the sauce sitting on the stove top simmering.

I used fresh tomatoes but you can also use canned crushed tomatoes.  During the summer I only use fresh!  If I run out of my homemade sauce, before winter's up, then I'll make with canned crushed tomatoes.

It's also a plus you DON'T need to "skin" the tomatoes beforehand.

Homemade Italian Spaghetti Sauce

The sauce after three hours of simmering.  I'll use some for the night's meal and "freeze" the rest in ziplock bags for future use.

I'm providing a basic Italian sauce and include using Anchovy Paste and butter to add more dept!

Anchovy Paste

I know what you're thinking, Anchovy paste?  If you didn't add it yourself you wouldn't know it was there.  It adds a great dept of flavor.  Adding butter provides a decadent taste to your sauce.

Bon appetitt!

Homemade Italian Spaghetti Sauce
Makes 6-8 servings
(Print/save/pdf click on icons at top of post)


8-9 Large, or 12-15 medium, ripe tomatoes chopped and process in blended or food processor or 3-4 cans of crushed tomatoes
4 cloves of garlic (pressed or chopped finely)
1 bunch of dried basil (probably 3-5 Tbsp), you can also add fresh at the end
Kosher Salt and freshly freshly cracker black pepper to taste
1 Tbsp of sugar (can also use Stevia).  Omit if you don't want  a sweeter sauce.
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 good squirt of Anchovy Paste
1/3 cup of grated Parmesan or Romano cheese or add a cheese rind
1-2 Tbsp vegan butter or regular

Note:  you can also add a Tbsp or 2 of capers


Heat the olive oil in a large pan over medium heat.  Add add the garlic and cook for a minute or two, make sure you don't burn it.
Add all the tomatoes, salt, black pepper, basil and sugar.  While stirring often bring to a low boil then reduce heat and simmer uncovered 1 1/2 hours stirring often.
After simmering for 1 1/2 hours add the anchovy paste and capers (if  wanted) cover the pot and simmer for another 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Make sure temperature is low enough that sauce does not burn.
Uncover and add the cheese and butter stirring in and simmer for an additional 5 minutes or so.

I often double and triple the recipe and freeze in freezer bags for future use.


My Secret Garden Sitting Area

With fall fast approaching I'm in a frenzy to share my garden with you all!

Last week our Secret Garden Pond was shared.  Today my secret garden sitting area.

There are five windows in our kitchen nook and when looking out the back (west) nook window this is our view of the pond area.

Secret Garden Pond

Straight below the window is my secret garden sitting area.

As I sit in my favorite spot, looking across the pea gravel path...

Secret Garden Pond

through Ms. Bloodgood's Japanese Maple cascading branches the pond/waterfall appears.

But let's go back a bit....to the wisteria covered arbor...

where the secret garden sitting room begins.

Pea Gravel Path

Once again we find ourselves under the arbor.  The garden pond is on the left and the sitting area on the right.

Shoe Boot Container adn statue

Taking a few steps we see a boot filled with pink Inpatients...right next to I sunk a cherub statue into the ground.   Placing a  statue into the ground gives a sense of age to your garden.

Birdbath, pink impatients, flower containers

Above the statue is a birdbath with a cherub enjoying the cool water.  A few more containers filled with shade loving Inpatients.

Secret Garden Sitting Area

Just around the birdbath is my comfy sitting bench.  I spend a lot of time here.

I wanted this space to have a sense of age and calm.  The paving stone/bricks were "sunk " 3" down into the ground and filled in with pea gravel providing a level aged area.

It's a quick and easy way to add charm to a garden area.

This year we lost a huge Blue Willow Shrub (wood limbs) which provided the "wall" to enclose the area and provided shade. So I hung a few vintage aprons and loved seeing them blow in the wind.

Garden Table

In front of the bench is a freebie road side find used as our my table. Mr. C rarely sits out here.  He thinks it's to feminine.

Fine by me...I want to be alone anyways!!!!!

Secret Garden Sitting Area

It is early morning and the sun is peaking over the sitting area.  The wicker head board was placed to provide privacy/sun shield because the Blue Willow died.

All the linens are thrift store finds.

Gardern Trellis, Climbing Hydrangea

Growing on the trellis is a Climbing Hydrangea  and a few Monarda (Bee Balm).  You can see my love of color extends into the garden.

Secret Garden Sitting Area

I'm standing on the deck right behind the sitting area.

Secret Garden. white wicker garden bench

On top of the bench seat is a rag rug I folded over.

Secret Garden Sitting Area

If you're ever in the area I'd love for you to stop and chat a while!

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