Monday, September 26, 2011

On the Menu (with tomato sauce recipe)

Last week I shared the first details of my batch cooking experience: how to cook pulled chicken. I have another 7 lbs of chicken parts (eww) in my freezer ready to roast again, as well as another 5 lbs of ground beef. But yesterday I made another 14 cups or so of tomato sauce. I wasn't entirely thrilled with the first recipe I used, so I tweaked it a bit for our tastes. This one is soooo delicious that I could eat a whole bowl of it like soup. Maybe I did. Oh, and the smell of this while simmering on the stove top is exquisite.

Tomato Sauce

1/4 cup olive oil
8-10 cloves garlic, smashed and peeled
6 anchovy fillets (optional but I used them)
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
2 TB brown sugar
1 cup red wine
5 cans (28 oz) peeled whole tomatoes

In 5-6 quart pot, combine olive oil, garlic, anchovies, and red pepper flakes. Cook over medium 3-4 minutes, stirring constantly, until garlic is golden. Add brown sugar and cook another minute. Add wine and tomatoes. Increase heat to high and bring to boil, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes.

Reduce heat and cover partially. Simmer for two hours. Take out the whole tomatoes and process in the blender or food processer. Add back into sauce and cook another 30 minutes. Salt to taste. Let the sauce cool completely before putting into freezer bags. I made various bags, with 2, 3, or 4 cups per bag.

This sauce is great for chili (add chili seasonings), lasagna, pizza, and spaghetti (add Italian spices), chicken parmesan, and whatever else you eat with tomato sauce!

So here's what is on our menu this week:
Roast Pork Loin with Garlic and Rosemary
Spaghetti and meatballs (but with the tomato sauce recipe above)
And I'm not sure what else. My in-laws are coming in town, and there are food allergies to consider. I am thinking about Chicken and Rice Soup. Friday-Sunday we are all getting a cabin in the Smokies together to celebrate my mother-in-law's birthday, so I am sure we will have some amazing meals! (Randy's brother is an amazing chef.)

Linked up on Menu Plan Monday


  1. We're having Roasted Pork Loin this week too! (which makes me think, for some reason, I may have spelled LION! LOL!)

    Found you on Menu Plan Monday!


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