It’s CSA Tuesday again!! I freakin love Tuesdays. I am always super excited to see what I will get in my share for the week, and come up with something different to make with all the fresh produce! My husband thinks it’s a tad bit odd that I get excited over vegetables, but you know, I just can’t help it. Sadly, it is just as bad when I discover a new vegetable growing in my garden. Today I found a summer squash that was ready to be picked, and I brought it in the house and paraded it around like a new show pony. I couldn’t help it. This is the first year my meager gardening skills have actually produced more than just one radish and two green beans. (And yes that was my previous record for vegetables) I am starting to think the older you get, the more your green thumb comes out. Anyhow, I am pretty stoked.
This week my kids helped me pick up my goodies from the CSA. We picked up 1 head of cabbage, 1 spanish onion, 1 bunch of rainbow swiss chard, 1 bag of shell peas, 1 head of lettuce, 2 large cucumbers, 2 huge zucchini, 2 huge summer squash, 2 heads of fresh garlic, 1 of the biggest bunches of basil I have ever seen, and a small basket of blueberries. (It was a choice between blueberries, raspberries, and black raspberries)
Did you see that head of cabbage?! Its the size of Little Man’s head!! (BTW… that is Little Man in the picture. He insisted 😉
The blueberries are soooo juicy and sweet. Little Man couldn’t keep his hands out of them, and I had to eventually hide them so I could make muffins with them later. This picture is after he had already picked off a handful or so. He is super sneaky. 😛
So what do I have planned with my haul? Really I have no clue! Onions are always easy to use, and the garlic is going to dry since I recently bought some. I am thinking I will save some basil to have on hand fresh and dry the rest. I am going to try a few ways I have seen on pinterest, and see how it goes. I am not too concerned though as I still have my own growing in my garden. The rest I have no clue…. so much produce and not enough ideas I guess. I’m just now getting to some of the produce from last week’s CSA!
Now for the recipe…
I used to buy bottled stuff. My mother used to make her own spaghetti sauce when I was a kid (well she still does) but I never liked it. Now that we are trying to live more frugal, and eating more whole foods so to speak, my Ragu is no longer going to cut it. I can make 4 times as much for half the price. So I started experimenting, and so far everyone has really enjoyed my new (semi) home made spaghetti sauce. So here it goes…
Spaghetti Sauce (makes a whole lot)
1- 6lb 9oz can of tomato sauce
1 onion chopped
3t chopped garlic
2t dried oregano
2t dried basil
3-4 bay leaves
roughly 8-10 sprigs of thyme
2 pinches of dried rosemary
dash of sage
fresh chopped parsley
1/4 c sugar
1T extra virgin olive oil
In a large saucepot, add the olive oil, onion, and garlic, and cook until onions are soft.
Add tomato sauce and all seasonings including the sugar, and simmer on low for about 1 1/2 hrs stirring occasionally.
Before serving, remove the bay leaves and sprigs of thyme.
That’s it!! Super easy!! The hardest part is measuring all the seasonings and getting them just the way you want them. The best part of making your own sauce is you control the flavor. Feel free to experiment and make changes as you see fit until it is perfect for you!!
Now that I have made my sauce from scratch I don’t think I will ever buy the bottled stuff again. I have had so many compliments about this sauce it would be crazy to go back to bland bottled stuff. And now that you have the recipe for sauce, I have plenty more recipes to use it with. Don’t let all that extra sauce go to waste!!