Home made spaghetti sauce?

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    I was thinking of surprising my girlfriend and cooking something and I was thinking of making my own spaghetti sauce, any of you guys have any recipes you would care to share?
     
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    Well butter, grated cheese and garlic is easy
     
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    how scratch do you want this?
     
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    and it needs to be done the day before...so the flavors can 'marry'
     
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    I wanted to use my own ingredients like tomatos, garlic etc. I don't want to just buy the sauce from the store in a can.
     
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    Dude, that stuff comes in a jar you know! ;)
     
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    I know but I don't really like the stuff in a jar, I want to feel worthwhile and make it myself.
     
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    Here ya go:

    Italian sausage, either bulk or links..if you use links, cut them up. I like sweet, but spicy works too.
    Canned whole or diced tomatoes (be careful not to get the Mexican kind with chiles...and if you can, get stuff canned in a jar because I just heard that canned tomatoes in the tin are very, very bad for you thanks to the zinc coating on the inside of the can!)
    1 can tomato sauce (again, you might as well by the jarred plain spaghetti sauce in glass jars) and 1 can tomato paste.
    Fresh garlic
    Chopped onion
    Sliced mushrooms
    Italian Seasoning (or use copious amounts of basil & oregano)
    Salt
    Pepper
    Parmesan cheese, grated and the kind in the green plastic thing you find on the store shelves
    Green pepper
    black olives
    Good red wine

    In skillet, brown the meat; add onion at end of cook time and cook until they're transluscent; drain off fat. Deglaze w/a cup or so of wine, pour meat, wine and onions into a big pot.

    Add the rest of the ingredients except cheese...everything is to taste. I use full jars of everything..olives, a whole pepper, a full container of mushrooms; but you might not like pepper, or mushrooms, or olives; you can use less or not use them at all. Add some more wine, now or later, it doesn't matter. Or not at all. I use a lot of fresh garlic (minced) and a lot of black pepper.

    Bring up to a boil, mash/cut up the tomatoes if they're whole ones; bring heat down to a simmer...

    put a lid on it and simmer for a long time, stirring frequently. The last hour before dinner, move the sauce to a back burner and put another big pot full of SALTED water to boil on the front burner (for noodles).

    Take the lid off the sauce, it should reduce some probably.

    Put the noodles on when the water hits a rolling boil, and stir or use a utensil to separate strands as needed.

    Boil for 20 minutes or more; strain and rinse if you don't want them starchy; I personally like starchy noodles, the sauce sticks to them better.

    The last few minutes pop your garlic bread into the oven and put the green-containered parmesan into the sauce while stirring. Do it to taste; the cheese will lighten the sauce and thicken it; I like it. If that's not your cup of tea, you don't have to add it. Keep stirring until all the cheese is melted and blended.

    Your toast is ready. Put noodles in a pasta bowl and put a big scoop of the sauce on top; sprinkle with the grated parmesan, serve with the garlic bread and wine.

    This is the way I made spaghetti for my Italian husband, and he loved it.
     
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    The wine really makes the sauce, btw. Get enough to drink with your gf. Burgundy works; so does merlot. Actually, any wine will work, but use a kind you are willing to drink. The fun of spaghetti on a date is some goes into the sauce, some goes into the chef, some goes into the guest. By the time you're done, you'll be laughing your butts off.
     
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    Alliebaba thanks alot, that sounds exactly what I was looking for!
     
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