even though a may look it, i am NOT italian. but i've always felt a little bit like i was. with my olive skin, fiery personality and strong affinity for fresh pastas and garlic, i've always connected with the italian culture and people. so much so, that i married an italian guy.
i must have been italian in another life because as soon as i started to learn to cook, i was drawn to italian cooking. and when wes and i went to visit my brother who played water polo in rome for a year, i never felt more at home. so it is no surprise that homemade pastas and sauces have become my specialties.
now that the weather is cooling and swim lessons are slowing, i THOUGHT i would have a bit more time on my hands. WRONG. things seem to be crazier than ever for both me and wes. so i've taken to making easy staples that we can keep in the fridge and pull out at the drop of the hat.
this sauce is perfect because it is low maintenance to make, can easily be tweaked with a few of your favorite ingredients and can be stored for a week in the fridge or up to six months in the freezer. since wes likes a little extra animal protein, you could quickly cook up so ground beef or turkey and then add your stored sauce to make a delicious meat sauce. i like a sauce full of delicious mushrooms. so i saute them up, add the sauce and voila. sauce perfection. OR, you can just serve this sauce up as is with your favorite homemade or store bought pasta. i served mine up with my favorite trader joes lobster ravioli because at the moment, ain't nobody in this house got time for that!
easy sunday sauce
serves: 4 cups
prep time: 10 minutes
active time: 40 minutes
total time: 50 minutes
ingredients: 1 brown onion, diced. 5 garlic cloves, minced. 2 tbs olive oil. 2 cups dry red wine (you can read all about how to choose the right wine HERE). 3 tbs tomato paste. .25 cup chopped fresh basil. 3 sprigs thyme, leaves removed and roughly chopped. 1 tbs dried italian spice blend (great to keep on hand). 4 cups (3 15 oz cans) tomato sauce. 1 cup of water. 3 tbs sugar. 1 tbs kosher salt. .5 tbs fresh ground black pepper.