Remember a few weeks back when I posted about the Braised Beef & Tortellini (Olive Garden's Copycat recipe) I found. If you don't remember, check it out HERE.
Well ever since I have been on the hunt for recipes of stuff we LOVE that I can make homemade. Well spaghetti sauce is something I use all the time. I have several recipes that call for it, as well as I use it as pizza sauce in a bind. Our family has always been more fond of Ragu then any other.
So I went on a little Google search and found this recipe.
I did tweak it a bit, but I have to say, my family couldn't even tell the difference. It tasted so much like Ragu, it wasn't until after we were done eating that I let them know I made it homemade. (they were definitely surprised!)
Now this gives me such a warm & cozy feeling inside, knowing full well, each & every ingredient that we are eating. And with all the stuff they put in things these days, I will definitely be looking for more homemade alternatives in the future. I will try and keep you guys updated on all the WONDERFUL recipes I find.
Sorry I forgot to take a photo of it,
so I used this one from Flickr. :)
So without further ado, the recipe (which I tweaked a bit):
COPYCAT RAGU TOMATO SAUCE
29 oz can of tomato sauce
14.5 oz can of Canned Italian Diced Tomatoes
4 oz can of sliced mushrooms
5 teas of granulated sugar
1 Tbls of olive oil
1 Tbls. each of grated Parmesan & Romano cheese.
1 teas of dried basil
1/2 teas of dried parsley
3 medium garlic cloves chopped fine
1/8 teas of black pepper
1 bay leaf
In a sauce pan combine all ingredients & simmer for 20 minutes. *Simmer on a very very low flame otherwise you will scorch your pot. Simmer uncovered or partially uncovered to help it reach the desired thickness. When stirring, do not use a aluminum spoon, use a wooden spoon.
Add just short of a 1/4 cup finely chopped onion (I did!)
1/2 pound browned hamburger/turkey burger
(I made a half of batch with meat & half without as my kiddos don't like meat in the sauce)
Makes 3 cups of sauce