I’m the kind of girl who, when she has a bad day, either craves barbecue or Italian food. Why these two completely different food groups? I have absolutely NO idea, but you’d better believe that when I’ve had a rough day, I will be in the kitchen making one or the other… or attempting to convince my husband to take me out to one of these kind of restaurants.
In college, I realized that cooking was a fun thing to do and to share with others. My first real thing to make was my mom’s spaghetti and meatballs. (If you haven’t tried my mom’s spaghetti and meatballs, you have not lived. True statement. It’s that good.) The thing is, though, that I don’t have the kind of patience my mom has when it comes to making the meatballs. And since I’m a little lazy when it comes to some things, I have spent time perfecting a bastardized version of my mother’s red sauce… without meatballs… or meat…
You’ll start off with some EVOO, a finely chopped onion and minced garlic.
Sautee it up, baby.
Then you’ll pour in some red wine and let that cook down.
Really take the time to sniff the wonderfulness of this combination. It’s pretty magical, if you ask me.
And then you’ll throw in the tomato puree and spices. Then let the mixture cook low and slow… for as long as you have.
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 small onion, diced finely
- 1 teaspoon garlic, finely minced
- ½ cup red wine
- 29 oz. can of tomato puree
- 1½ cup water
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1 teaspoon fresh basil
- 2 tablespoons fresh oregano
- Sautee the onion and garlic with the olive oil, browning.
- Add wine to the onion and garlic, letting the wine simmer for about five minutes.
- Add the tomato puree and the water, then throw in the spices.
- Let simmer for at least 30 minutes, then serve. (The longer this simmers, the better, so you could literally let this sit on the stove all day and eat it at night, and it would be amazing.)
When you deem your red sauce done, take it off the heat, pour on top of pasta (or pizza) and dig in!