Good Old Fashion Italian Sauce

Every Sunday, like clock work, it can be guaranteed that we will have a big italian meal right around 3 o’clock.   But now that me and my father are cooking, it has become a feud of whose sauce its better.  Although I have taken into account my dad’s suggestions, I think i have developed the perfect sauce.  It’s great for a meatball sandwich, Sunday afternoon, or perfectly tender spaghetti.  Although my Dad hasnt confided in me his secret meatball recipe, this sauce can hold its own with just a bowl of pasta.


  • 2 cans crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cans peeled whole tomatoes
  • olive oil (or vegetable oil)
  • white onion
  • fresh garlic( 3-6 good-sized cloves)
  • dried parsley, basil, and oregano
  • salt and pepper

How to:

  1. In large pot or pan add about 1 – 2 tablespoons of oil
  2. chop 1/4 medium white onion (you don’t want it too thin or it will burn but you don’t want it too fat it wont cook)
  3. dice 3-6 cloves garlic (depending on size and who you want to kiss tonight)
  4. once oil is warm (not smoking) add garlic and onion, allow to get golden but not brown.
  5. add a small pinch of all the herbs(you’re gonna add more later) stir for a minute
  6. add the cans of sauce ( and at least 1 can of water)
  7. add a generous dash of basil, a less generous dash of parsley, and a sprinkle of oregano
  8. add a little bit of salt and pepper
  9. bring to a boil, then reduce heat and let thicken
  10. if it is too acidic and a VERY SMALL pinch of sugar.. or a VERY SMALL pinch of baking soda (will foam and bubble)
  11. for pasta, my favorite is angel hair or thin spaghetti.  Boil water, add a bit of salt and oil to flavor spaghetti and prevent it from sticking together, then follow cooking directions until  al dente “to the tooth”
  12. serve and enjoy!

PS. don’t ever tell your mother or grandmother that you like someone elses sauce better, at least not to their face.

One Comment Add yours

  1. Sandra says:

    looks and sounds delish. 3:00 o’clock you say? I’ll bring the bread.

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