I post a lot about couponing and saving money with coupons. It’s true I save a lot of money using them. But honestly, coupons aren’t for everyone. (In my opinion you haven’t found their awesomeness yet) But, there are tons of other ways to save money besides couponing. Making things from scratch is also a great way to save money. It also gets you eating a little healthier too. Freezing or canning for later is an awesome way to build a stockpile and save some money along the way. I am going to share a little story with you about my favorite homemade item. Spaghetti sauce from scratch.
A few years ago I had a huge garden. I loved finding ways to use my vegetables. My family got tired of eating vegetables the same way so I ventured out and tried some new things. Of course all my tomatoes ripened at once and I had to find a way to use them up before they went bad. I found some great recipes on Food.com that year. My most favorite recipe of all was for a spaghetti/pizza sauce I stumbled upon. The recipe was heaven and I have been using it ever since. I haven’t even bought store-bought sauce since. Although I don’t have my big garden anymore, I am blessed with friends and neighbors that seem to always share enough for me to make at least one or two batches. Today I was able to crank some sauce out and thought I would share the recipe and one of my favorite parts of fall with you.
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The recipe is super easy to follow.
First you cut up an onion and get that sautéing in some oil with minced garlic.
Once the onion is soft you add chicken or beef broth. I don’t cook with wine so I add extra broth to the pan.
While that is heating up you take your tomatoes and wash them, and cut off the tops. Once the tops are cut you add them to the broth. When your pan is full you bring it to a boil and turn it down to a simmer. This will cook for about an hour. (At this step you can also add other veggies to give more nutrition to the sauce. Your family will never know and it really doesn’t change the taste of the sauce!)
When the hour is up you will take your sauce and blend it up in the blender. I do mine is batches and pour the blended sauce into a bowl, without straining out anything from the sauce. I feel like we are getting the best nutrition from eating the whole tomato.
Once the sauce is all blended it is returned to the pot. This is where you add your seasonings. I usually go traditional and use oregano, basil and thyme, salt and pepper. You can add tomato paste at this point to thicken up the sauce. I don’t add the tomato paste. It is a thinner sauce but I think the flavor is better. This will now cook for 30 minutes.
Let it cool for about an hour. Once it is cooled it is time for the bags. I use my hands free baggie opener (best thing ever!) and ladle my sauce into the bags. Final step is to label the bags and put them in the freezer.
I truly love this recipe. It can be done with garden fresh tomatoes (which is always better tasting) or store bought tomatoes. Start saving money and give yourself a healthier alternative to store bought sauce. If you try it, post a picture and let me know what you think in the comments.