Red Wine Pasta Sauce

I don’t claim to be proficient in the kitchen. Since that is the case I have no issues admitting that I use google rather a lot to form general ideas on how to accomplish things. Things like making a pasta sauce that aren’t from a recipe calling for WAY too much oregano. Don’t ask how I know.

Many recipes I saw called for white wine. After some more googling, and consulting with Stacy about red wine versus white wine, I decided to go ahead with red wine as it’s what I had on hand. I’m pretty glad I did too.

Nothing better than sticking your head right over a simmering pot of pasta sauce!

2 – 24oz jars Bionaturae Organic Strained Tomatoes
1 – 7oz jar Bionaturae Organic Tomato Paste
1.5 Tbsps. dried basil
1 Tbsp. dried parsley
1 Tbsp. molasses brown sugar (1 Tbsp. molasses + 1 c. cane sugar)
1/2 c. red wine
1/2 c. onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
salt and pepper as desired
2-3 Tablespoons olive oil

Chop up your onion and garlic and put them both into a large sauce pan with olive oil, basil, and parsley.

Basil is wonderful … Fresh basil is without a doubt my favorite herb.

Cook until the onions begin to soften and you feel compelled to hover over the stove sniffing the amazing smell wafting out of the pan.

I apparently have a thing for onions and herbs.

Add in the 1/2 cup of red wine and let simmer for a bit.

As the alcohol in the wine burns off the smell is fantastic .. I knew I was on to something at this point!

Add in the tomato sauce and tomato paste and simmer away for as long as you can stand. I think I had this simmering for a good 2 hours before I needed to swipe 2 cups worth for my baked ziti (which is another post!).

Simmering sauce is not unlike a fresh from the oven cast iron pan – hot.

This recipe makes about 6 cups… enough for me to take 2 cups for the ziti and then can another roughly 4 cups worth. I’m still waiting on the verdict from my Italian brother-in-law on how he liked the small jar I took over. If he gives it the thumbs up then I think I’m good! 😉

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