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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Dawn's Tomato Sauce

Dawn's Tomato Sauce | Addicted to Recipes
Ahh tomato season.  The time of year when the little Addicted to Recipes garden is producing tomatoes like crazy.  Today was a cooler day with some storms blowing through, which meant a perfect day for a big pot of spaghetti.  And since we have that abundance of tomatoes, I figured I should make some tomato sauce for our spaghetti.  Here is what I did:

Dawn's Tomato Sauce

4 cups cherry tomatoes (4 varieties) - peeled (see instructions below about peeling tomatoes)
Salt & pepper (to taste)
15 basil leaves, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
Dash red pepper flakes
1/2 green pepper, diced
1/3 orange pepper, diced
1/3 yellow pepper, diced
1/2 onion, diced
1 green onion, diced
Handful fresh mushrooms, diced

1 lb ground beef, browned

Spaghetti and Dawn's Meat Sauce | Addicted to Recipes
Start by bringing a large pot of salted water to a boil.  Put the tomatoes in the boiling water for 1 minute, then drain and place the tomatoes in ice cold water.  This will allow you to easily peel the skin from the tomatoes (and yes I did that with 4 cups of cherry tomatoes, it really didn't take much time to pull the skins off).  Once the tomatoes are peeled, place them in a large saucepan, salt and pepper the tomatoes, and turn the pan on medium.

Meanwhile, brown your ground beef.  I left mine unseasoned as I added it to the tomato sauce a little later on.

While the tomatoes are cooking, add the basil, garlic, and Italian seasoning to the pan.  Mix well.  Add in the vegetables.  Taste and add any salt and pepper as needed.  Reduce heat and simmer for 40 - 50 minutes.  When the beef has browned, add it to the tomato sauce.

Prepare your favourite pasta (we went for traditional spaghetti), and serve.

My hubby's first words were that the sauce tasted just so fresh.  He could tell there were no glass jars or cans involved.  It was so good, and nice to know exactly each ingredient that went into the sauce.  Our kids devoured their meals too.  Yay!

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