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The best spaghetti sauce

So this is going to be one of my more…embarrassing…posts. This recipe involves me making what one could call a big mistake! πŸ˜› See the thing is, we buy the really big cans of tomato sauce from SAMs that have about 13 cups of sauce in them and we always end up using the whole can when we cook. Well, our friends were coming over for dinner that night and we had planned spaghetti but I REALLY didn’t feel like our usual homemade sauce. So I dug around on Pinterest and found one that looked simple yet yummy! Let me just say right now, that personally, I know I have trouble when it comes to taking a recipe that makes a little bit of something and multiplying the ingredients so that it can feed more than ten people. I figured 13 cups of sauce in the can meant I should just multiply all the ingredients by 13–right? Wrong! I forgot to take into account that a single batch of sauce called for 2 1/2 cups of tomato sauce!!!!. I really only should have doubled it 5 or 6 times! Mea culpa, mea culpa! Anyway, dinner time came, our friends were over and I still didn’t realize I had made a mistake. We dished out the spaghetti and the sauce and then everyone started raving about how good it was! πŸ˜€ As I was talking over the ingredients with my Mom I realized what I had done!!! I couldn’t believe it!! I was in utter shock until I remembered that everyone had loved it! So, I guess it turned out all right after all! πŸ™‚ But the drama wasn’t quite over yet! At 11 o’clock pm, just as I was drifting off to sleep, I jolted up in bed– I couldn’t believe it! I had also forgotten the salt and pepper!!!! That was a fretful night’s sleep! πŸ˜‰

I put the amount of ingredients I used in parenthesis in case any of you wanted to do it just like crazy me! πŸ˜‰

Easy Spaghetti Sauce (serves 4-6)
Recipe by Lou


1 tbsp olive oil (13 tbs olive oil= 3/4 cup)
2 garlic cloves, minced (26 garlic cloves=5 tablespoons)
1 tsp dried thyme (4 tbs thyme*)
1/2 tsp dried basil (2 1/2 tbs basil)
2 1/2 cups crushed tomatoes (13 cups tomato sauce)
1/2 tsp sugar (2 1/2 tbs sugar)
1/2 tsp balsamic vinegar (2 1/2 tbs balsamic vinegar)
1 tbsp butter (13 tbs butter)
salt and pepper, to taste

* I didn’t use thyme– we didn’t have any!


In a pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic, and cook until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes.

Next, add the herbs. Stirring and cooking for another minute. Add the crushed tomatoes and sugar. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 10 minutes.

Lastly, stir in the balsamic vinegar and butter. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Spaghetti Sauce doesn’t get much easier than that. The flavours are rich and the balsamic vinegar gives it a little je-ne-sais-quois!

Au revoir et a bientot!



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