Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Food and Wine Service - Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

During my time with Gartner, some of us toyed with the idea of creating a subscription service to rate food and wine: Everything from restaurant reviews and wine tasting notes to recipes and memorable meals. I subscribed to Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate and found his taste to be flawless.

While that dream remains a future possibility, I've got some experience cooking, fortified by a few adult education classes at the Culinary Institute of America during the 1980s. In thanks to them, and as my first gift to the Internet community, here's my recipe for home-made spaghetti sauce. I learned it from my Mother, and have modified it with experience over the past forty years. It takes time. 

Sharpen your knives. 

Prepare the stock


Marrow bones, 1#
Peeled turnip in medium dice, 1/2 #
Peeled parsnip in medium dice, 1/2 #
Carrots in medium dice, 1/2 #
Large Spanish or vidalia onion coarsely chopped
Two leeks, rinsed and coarsely chopped (white and green parts)
Three celery ribs, coarsely chopped

Roast vegetables under broiler until lightly toasted, five to ten minutes. 

Put marrow bones and roasted ingredients in large stock pot and fill with cold water. 

Slowly bring to boil.
Simmer 3 hours, skimming regularly.
Strain through a fine sieve and reserve stock.
Yield: 2 qts

Note that this stock can be reduced considerably and yields a wonderful consomme.

Spaghetti Sauce:


Two large cans whole tomatoes

Large can tomato paste (I prefer Contadina) (12 oz)
Peeled turnip in small dice 1/2 #
Peeled parsnip in small dice 1/2 #
Peeled carrots in small dice 1/2 # 

Olive oil
Large Spanish or Vidalia onion chopped medium 

Three peeled garlic cloves, minced
Two leeks, washed and trimmed, chopped medium (whites only)

Two celery ribs, peeled, in small dice
Chopped meat (ground beef or pork) 1#
Sweet Italian Sausage 1 #
Bouquet garni

Bring stock to a medium boil 

To prepare  the tomatoes, pour off the liquid and reserve. Rinse the tomatoes under cool water, removing the skin, the ribs, the seeds, and the clear gelatinous material surrounding the seeds. These make the sauce bitter. 

Add rinsed tomatoes and reserved juice
Add root vegetables

Add bouquet garni (peppercorns, Bay leaf, parsley, oregano, basil) 

In a frying pan, heat olive oil and clarify onions, garlic, leeks, and celery. 

Add to boiling stock.
Brown meats and add to stock. 

Let simmer two to three hours.
Salt and pepper to taste.

Note that this sauce improves after being refrigerated overnight. It can be frozen, as well. I generally make four times this amount and freeze the extra for later dinners.

For dinner, serve with a leafy green salad, garlic bread, grated Romano or Parmesan cheese, and a red wine (good for the heart) - my preference is the Gaja Barbaresco  but even a simple Chianti will work well. 

1 comment:

Donato said...

Wow! never seen a so complex and long spaghetti recipe. The ingredients are well mixed (too much garlic to my taste) and preparation is accurate. Yes, I have some decent cooking experince too.
However this is far away from Italian traditional spaghetti sauce :) .. well, honestly we do not have a single sauce recipe but all variants has very few ingredients and the preparation is quick and easy:
- onion
- tomato sauce
- extra virgin olive oil
- basil
- salt
- pepper
- parmigiano cheese (option)