I have many great memories of homemade pasta sauce simmering away on the stove top while I was growing up. My mother almost always made her own sauce and very often made meatballs as well. Her sauce always smelled great and absolutely spoiled me for later life. I always wondered why pasta sauce never quite measured up for me, clearly I HAD been spoiled. The only other sauce I’d had that I actually really enjoyed was while traveling in Italy. Go figure.
I never “learned” how to make sauce, really. I tinkered around, figured out what I liked, and figured out what didn’t work. Turns out it’s pretty simple and pretty straightforward. None of that having a pot simmering over the stove top for 17 hours while some super secret cache of spices and herbs gets added in dribs and drabs. I make a damn tasty pasta sauce and it takes very little time, as little as 15 minutes if you’re in a rush. I usually give it a few more minutes, but the point being you can have sauce; cheap, easy, and tasty in not much more time than it takes to heat up that stuff in a glass jar. Continue reading