Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Be A Survivor Italian Gravy (Sauce)

I have been making my sauce this way for years. It is great with spaghetti but also makes a great base for stuff like Baked Ziti or Lasagna. It is way better than the jar stuff like Ragu or Prego.

What is needed:
Large pot with lid
Wooden spoon
Olive oil
4 large cans of tomato sauce (like Hunt's or something)
1 large onion
Jar of chopped garlic
Kosher salt
Parmesan cheese

Add some olive oil to the bottom of your pot and turn the heat on medium-high.

Dice your onion and put it in the pot.

Add 1 heaping tablespoon of chopped garlic and sauté until the onions are translucent.

Add the four cans of tomato sauce to the pot and stir well.

Add 1 tablespoon of parsley.

Add 2 tablespoons of oregano.

Add 1 tablespoon of basil.

Mix thoroughly and add salt and pepper to taste.

Cover the pot with lid and lower the heat to low, cook for a half hour (stir occassionally).

Add 1 heaping tablespoon of parmesan cheese, mix thoroughly and taste.

Adjust with additional seasonings as needed (if needed).

Cover and cook on low for another 45 minutes (stir occassionally) and you are done!

If you want to make it “interesting” add two cans of solid white Albacore (drained - packed in water), tastes a bit like clam sauce if that is your thing.

...that is all.

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  1. Great post Flea. This one is getting saved.

    Kentucky Preppers Network

  2. Sounds pretty good to me! I'll have to try it! Thanks for sharing...

  3. Grab a nice crusty baguette, and dip away!!

  4. When are you going to finish the "survive the apocalypse series"? It's been almost exactly a year.

    Tyler Durden

  5. You know what's funny is that if you "doctor up" the can/jar pasta sauce enough, no one ever knows it's not from scratch!

  6. Sounds delicious to me - thank you for sharing the recipe. I'm a pasta fan from way back.

    While in college, young and pretty much flat a$$ broke (wallet had cob webs, lol), I lived on quite a bit of pasta. I eventually came to make a really simple sauce which suited a lazy cook like me who wanted quick eats.

    I first cooked up about a pound of venison burger and when finished browning, added an 8 oz. can of tomato sauce, can of mushrooms and some minced garlic. Bit of salt / pepper - and thats it. When spaghetti was cooked, I poured off water, then rinsed ONCE with hot tap water as well to remove as much starch as possible. Then placed about a teaspoon of olive oil on it, mixing it around to give it a good coating.

    Spaghetti on plate, pour on the sauce, top with paramasean cheese and go to it - good grazing! If I didn't have all the ingridients and was in a hurry, often make do with just the olive oil coating and parmeasean cheese.

    Thanks again for the recipe.

  7. YO ! ! whaddabout thecuppa red wine ?? sorry my sicilian came out ... crazy joe