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On a budget: Easy Spaghetti Sauce


Today I woke up, opened the fridge, stepped into the pantry, and I realized there is no real food, and no money to go out and buy groceries.  I thought to myself… Am I going to STARVE today???  As I sat myself down at the kitchen table contemplating my woes, my gaze fell upon red, plump, juicy tomatoes at the kitchen sink.  Why, there must have been 15 heirloom tomatoes from the garden just sitting there.  Thank you sunlight for helping these beauties grow to their sweet fleshy state!

Luckily, being filipino, we always have onions and garlic lying around.  So I decided to make some spaghetti for myself and the kids.  They seemed to enjoy it very much.  I was able to get 8 good servings out of it, and there was nothing left (there are only 4 of us here).  Note: I usually add a little bit of sugar to spaghetti sauces, but the heirloom tomatoes were already really sweet, so I was able to omit the sugar.

Spaghetti Recipe

6-7 large tomatoes
1 large onion, diced
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp dried thyme
1 tbsp dried basil
extra virgin olive oil
3 tbsp butter
1 package spaghetti noodles

optional ingredients
2 bratwurst sausages, halved lengthwise and sliced
2 slices smoked provolone cheese

1. Bring a pot of water to boil, and have an bowl of ice water ready.  Rinse tomatoes, drain, and cut an X in the bottom of each.  Plop each tomato into the boiling water for 15-20 seconds, then quickly transfer to ice water.  This will make it easy to peel the skins off.  With a paring knife or your fingers, pull the corners of the “X” you made in the bottom of the tomatoes to pull off the skins.  Dice.

2. Heat extra virgin olive oil in a large pot.  Add diced onions, pinch of salt, and a tablespoon of butter.  Cook until translucent, then add garlic, bratwurst, thyme, and basil.

3. Add diced tomatoes, salt, and 2 tablespoons of butter.  Turn heat to medium, and stir occasionally.  You will want to let it simmer until the tomatoes break down, and the sauce is reduced to a thicker consistency.  Add cheese, stir and taste for seasoning.

4. Bring another pot of water to boil, add salt and pasta noodles.  Bring back to a boil and cook for about 10 minutes. Drain, then add noodles to sauce. Mix and serve with garlic hotdog buns (see garlic hotdog buns recipe below)

Garlic Hot Dog Buns Recipe

hot dog buns
1 tbsp butter, melted
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp garlic salt powder

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Separate bun halves and place face up on a baking sheet.  Mix melted butter, extra virgin olive oil and garlic salt powder in a small bowl.  Brush or spoon mixture onto the buns and bake until golden brown.

*** There were 3 hotdog buns left in the fridge, so I went ahead and used those, but you can use any bread you like.  If you try this recipe out, let me know how you like it by sending me an email or commenting below.  Enjoy! 🙂

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