I came across a recipe in the Parenting Early Years magazine for a veggie loaded tomato sauce. These types of recipes don't usually interest me, but for some reason this one did. I read through it a couple times, thought about it a lot and finally decided to try it.
My confidence in this was very low. I bought the ingredients and then took them to my Mom's house to make it. Next time I could do it by myself though!
Jeremy gave the sauce two thumbs up and Aliza scarfed her spaghetti down with no hesitation. I was quite proud. It was a "good Mama" moment. I'll make it again. I'm hoping that I can thicken it up a bit to be a homemade pizza sauce since we have pizza every Friday night.
It was certainly not economical to buy veggies instead of spaghetti sauce in a can, but maybe my Grandad's garden will produce lots of veggies this summer and I can make some to freeze. Oh! Then I would feel like a really great Mennonite Mama. hahah.
The Best Tomato Sauce Ever
(by Jamie Oliver)
- 2 small onions
- 1 small leek (wash thoroughly of sand)
- 2 stalks celery
- 2 red bell peppers
- 2 zucchinis
- 2 carrots
Peel and grate 1 butternut squash. Add it to the vegetables.
- 4 (14.5 oz.) cans of plum tomatoes with juice
- 2 cups water
- a pinch of sea salt
- and freshly ground black pepper
I'm sure you can make all kinds of modifications to this recipe. I didn't know what an acorn squash was and got a small yellow one. I used more celery than called for. I also bought diced tomatoes already seasoned with basil and oregano. I did not add any other spices. I also added a small can of tomato paste. Next time I will add more tomato paste.