Today, I completely stinking wowed myself. Yes, wowed is a word. It is the only word that fits in this instance.
You know those cute little signs that say little sayings like “In this family we do forgiveness; we do love; we do laughter”…..blah, blah, blah. Well, in this family we do pasta. Lots and lots of pasta. Pasta with pork, pasta with beef, pasta with turkey, pasta as a main dish, pasta as a side item….you get the idea. Typically, we do pasta with jarred marinara sauce. The idea of making my own sauce has intrigued me but seemed intimidating. Not any more.
I found a recipe to make my own marinara sauce that did not contain any items that would be problematic for our family’s food allergies. It seemed fairly simple: crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, onions, garlic, balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, water, and spices. I put it in the crock pot to cook and simmer over night and I woke to the most heavenly aroma in this house. In fact, it was tempting to have spaghetti for breakfast. But I refrained.
I let the sauce cool and then I spooned the sauce in two Mason jars and placed in the fridge. Now, this is not going to keep as a truly home canned sauce because it isn’t sealed. However, as often as we use marinara in this house, I don’t think I have to worry about it going bad. Next time, I will definitely add more brown sugar — maybe even white sugar as it is more acidic than I prefer, but it was still delicious. If you’d like to try it, click here for the link to the fabulous recipe.