Grandma Maggio's Spaghetti Sauce

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This Italian tomato sauce from Grandma is one that was recited to me, from memory alone, and used descriptions like "a hand of garlic," though the quantities listed now should be accurate. I encourage buying the cheapest versions of these ingredients you can find; it will feed an army for about $15 without ruining the taste. You should add more seasonings based on preference. A great vegetarian sauce, or with meatballs, makes great meatball sandwiches.

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Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
Servings:
10
Yield:
8 cups

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 1 whole head garlic, peeled and chopped

  • 2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms

  • ½ cup chopped fresh basil leaves, or to taste

  • 1 (28 ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes

  • 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce

  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste

  • ¾ cup Merlot wine

  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano

  • ¼ cup white sugar

Directions

  1. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-low heat, and cook and stir the onion and garlic until translucent but not browned, 6 to 7 minutes. Stir in the mushrooms and basil, and cook and stir until the basil is wilted and the mushrooms are cooked through and have given up their juices, about 10 minutes.

  2. Pour in the whole peeled tomatoes, and bring the mixture to a boil, stirring and chopping tomatoes into pieces with a spoon. Pour in the tomato sauce and stir, crushing any large pieces of tomato left, and bring to a simmer. Let the sauce simmer until slightly thickened and bubbling, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes.

  3. Stir tomato paste into the sauce, and fill the empty tomato paste can with Merlot wine, stirring to dissolve any remaining tomato paste in the can. Pour wine into the sauce, and stir well to combine. Bring the sauce back to a simmer, and stir in salt, pepper, dried oregano, and sugar. Let the sauce simmer until the seasonings are blended and the sauce is heated through, about 3 more minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

114 Calories
3g Fat
18g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 114
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Sodium 935mg 41%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 7%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 18mg 88%
Calcium 60mg 5%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 595mg 13%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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