Monday, September 26, 2011

Top Secret Family Recipe

There is something so special about a secret family recipe. You know what I’m talking about - those sacred recipes that stir up powerful memories and are passed on from generation to generation. For some families it is a prized desert recipe, reserved for holidays, and for others it is a special ingredient added to an otherwise ordinary recipe that makes it stand out. Whatever it is, a family recipe usually reminds you of home and evokes family pride. Some families guard their recipes with their lives, protecting the secret ingredients, while others pass them on as gifts or traditions.

Although my family has its own share of secret recipes, there is one that stands out from them all. It is the recipe that friends, neighbors, and family anticipate when visiting my home. Now, since we are all friends here, I am going to trust that you keep this cherished recipe between us. 

So without further adieu, I give you the legendary Sandroni Spaghetti Sauce Recipe:

You Will Need:
{1.5} lb ground beef or turkey
{3} tbl olive oil 
{1} green bell pepper, chopped
{5} tbl garlic, chopped
{1} large white onion, chopped
{8} oz fresh mushrooms
{1} 28 oz can tomato sauce
{1} 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
{3} 15 oz cans diced tomatoes
{2} tsp rosemary
{2} tsp oregano
{3} tsp basil
{2} bay leaves
{1} cup red wine
{1} tsp pepper
{2} tsp salt
{1.5} cups parmesan cheese
sugar to taste

Brown the meat in a large, heavy bottomed pot. Drain fat. Add the onion, green pepper, mushrooms and garlic. Saute until the onion is tender {about 5 minutes}.

Add the tomato sauce, crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, rosemary, oregano, basil, and bay leaves. Simmer for approximately 30 minutes. 

Add red wine, salt and pepper. Simmer for another hour. Add parmesan cheese, and a sprinkle of sugar {to taste}, and simmer for another hour {the longer you simmer the tastier it gets}! 

Add your tasty sauce to your favorite noodles and sprinkle with parmesan cheese!

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