"This is one that was recited to me out of memory alone, and described as a hand of garlic, etc., though the ingredient quantities should be accurate. I encourage buying the cheapest versions of these ingredients you can find; it will feed an army for about $15 without ruining the taste. You should add more seasonings based on preference. A great vegetarian sauce, and with meatballs...it makes great meatball sandwiches." — Sarah
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1 whole head
garlic, peeled and chopped
sliced fresh mushrooms
chopped fresh basil leaves, or to taste
1 (28 ounce) can
whole peeled tomatoes
1 (15 ounce) can
1 (6 ounce) can
ground black pepper
mmmmm! this was delicious! I wanted to make spaghetti for dinner but I didn't want to use our same old sauce. This was fantastic. I will definitly make it again soon The only reason that it isn't 5 stars, is because i didn't use the same proportions. I added about three cups of mushrooms (which was actually a little less than I wanted) and I didn't use 3/4 cups of wine. I think I probably used about half a cup maybe less, and I think more might have been too much. But other than that: AWESOME. Thank you grandma Maggio for this great recipe.
Don't get me wrong, this is a very good sauce...just way too thick and chunky, and way too much garlic and onion for us. I had a hard time chopping the tomatoes in the pot with a spoon, at the end of the cooking I still had huge blobs of tomato. I ended up putting it in the food processor to break up the chunks better. This sauce turned out so thick that I could scoop it up with a fork. Since I struggled with the thickness and broke out the extra equipment, it ended up being more work and more of a mess to clean up than I expected. If I made it again I would try half the garlic and onion, and start with crushed or pureed tomatoes instead of whole. Sadly my husband couldn't finish his because it was too garlicky for him. I'm planning on blending the leftover sauce with plain tomato sauce to mellow and thin it out a bit more for us, since I still have quite a bit left. At least I had fun trying something new!
Fantastico...Molto grazia. This was amazing and so easy.
Great, I will make this time and time again. I would change nothing.
Oh my goodness, this was FABULOUS!
I unfortunately did not have the merlot (I had Lambrusco) nor did I have the amount of mushrooms (I only had 4oz canned) nor the amount of basil (my bush only had enough for 1/4 cup).
Regardless of these 3 items, the other items required I did have on hand. Since I have cooked my own version of a sauce with the higher amounts of these items, I know how much BETTER this recipe would have been.
I will make it again exactly as calls for, unless I prefer a lesser sweetness, but I found it quite enjoyable and a nice change form the standard type flavors.
THIS SAUCE ROCKS!! Try it exactly as written, so you can get a great idea of the taste.
Much thanks and appreciation for this wonderful keeper (at least in my family's cookbook) of a recipe.
EDIT 09/11/2011 - To really make it special try adding the meatballs from 'lovestohost' - "Meatball Nirvana". Yowsa.
EXCELLENT!!!the only thing I did different was dried herbs,,fresh garlic,,doubled recipe,,on stove top for 24hrs on low with meatball from,,the recipe on site italian meatball,,and also had sausage,,melt in your mouth,,,,to me,,you have to leave cooking to inhance all flavors,,can,t just mix and serve,,if you want to do that,,go to grocery store..lol!
This is fantastic! I left out the tomato paste and wine and it was still great. Nice sweet and tangy balance. This is definitely a recipe I will use again.
DEEElish - we just loved it - didn't have Merlot so I used some Sangria - excellent ! - made it with some sweet Italian sausage and homemade meatballs - no leftovers - kids wanted me to make more tomorrow :o)
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Grandma Maggio's Spaghetti Sauce
Serving Size: 1/10 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 10
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 28
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