Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Spaghetti Sauce Using Fresh Tomatoes


I wanted to make spaghetti for dinner on Sunday. I was not ready yet to open my home canned sauce.. don’t ask me why, I just like to wait until canning season is over first… ~smile~ I had over 70 pounds of tomatoes that my son & I had picked earlier in the afternoon….



Yep lots of tomatoes for sure. I have big plans for them (more salsa, tomato sauce and maybe some pizza sauce) as well as enjoying them now. So I decided to make spaghetti sauce for dinner with a few of them.

I began by chopping up an onion, 3 large mushrooms, ½ of a red pepper and some celery…




I heated a pot on the stove and added some olive oil. When it was hot I added the veggies and let them cook until they were soft.


While the veggies were cooking I pulled out and washed 3 pounds of my tomatoes..




I pureed them in my food processor (I did not peel them). I then added them to my veggies along with Italian seasonings, oregano, red wine vinegar, salt and pepper. I let this simmer for about a half hour..




I cooked up about 1 ½ pounds of hamburger with about 4 or 5 cloves of garlic…




When the meat was cooked and the sauce was done simmering I added the hamburger to my sauce and it let is simmer on the stove while I cooked my pasta.




I cooked up 12 oz of organic brown rice spaghetti noodles, drained them and added them to meat/sauce..




Oh it was delish!! :)


Spaghetti Sauce Using Fresh Tomatoes

3 to 4T olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 to 3 large mushrooms, sliced
½ green or red pepper, chopped
2 to 3 stalks celery, sliced
3lbs roma tomatoes – if you use a different variety of tomatoes they will be much more juicy. This can work you will just need to cook down your sauce for longer than the recipe says.
2T Italian seasonings
2t oregano
1T red wine vinegar
Sweetener of choice, optional – if you want a sauce that is a bit sweeter you can add a tablespoon or so of your desired type sweetener (sugar, brown sugar, honey, cane juice crystals, etc..)
Salt & pepper to taste.
1 to 2lbs hamburger
4 to 5 cloves garlic, chopped
12oz spaghetti noodles



Heat olive oil in a 6 quart pot. Add onion, mushrooms, peppers, and celery. Sauté and cook until veggies are soft. Wash and remove stem end from tomatoes and process them in a food processor until they are pureed (no need to peel them). Add pureed tomatoes to veggies. Add spices, taste and add salt and pepper to your liking. Add sweetener if desired. Let simmer for about 30 minutes.

While the sauce is simmering cook the hamburger and garlic in a frying pan until the hamburger is no longer pink. Add hamburger to sauce.

Boil noodles, drain and add to sauce, serve & enjoy!


3 comments:

  1. Hello, I saw your post about roasted broccoli. I did not know about roasting vegetables until a few years ago. The best recipes are those from Ina Garten (Barefoot Contessa) on Foodnetwork. Just search for her vegetable recipes on their site, absolutely delicious.

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  2. Your plum tomatoes are gorgeous! Do you mind sharing what variety you planted?? Thank you for your gorgeous and helpful blog!

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    1. Villarosa.. the variety is Plum Dandy.. and they do produce amazingly!! Crystal :)

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