“Penne for your thoughts.”

Many moons ago I remembered a spaghetti sauce recipe that was my absolute favorite.  And I couldn’t find it.  But isn’t it funny what turns up when a person starts cleaning out all the nooks and crannies.  I found it!  It was in a cranny.

I love this recipe because it’s simple, it’s delicious, and if you make a double batch you can freeze part of it for another day when you just don’t feel like cooking.

AND…  I just read an article in a National Geographic publication that said people would be much healthier if they had three meatless days per week.  Are they kidding!  Obviously not, as National Geographic is not a kidding kind of publication.

So this luscious sauce could be a mainstay for a meatless day.  Over spaghetti squash with broccoli or a sassy salad on the side, which doesn’t make much sense but is alliteratively fun to say, you could have a delicious meatless meal.


3/4 cup chopped onion

2 cloves garlic, pressed

2 T olive oil

1/3 cup minced fresh parsley

1 t dried basil

1/2 t oregano

28 oz can crushed tomatoes

6 ounce can tomato paste

1 chicken bouillon cube in 1/2 cup water or 1 T bouillon powder

1/3 cup dry red wine

2 T sugar

2 T freshly grated Romano, or a reasonable facsimile

1/2 t salt


In a heavy pan cook the onion and garlic in the oil over low heat for about two minutes.  Stir it if you have the energy.  If the heat is low enough you won’t have to stir it continually, but just visit it now and then while you get the rest of the ingredients together.

Add everything else and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

my sauce

Yes, this does look an awful lot like the picture with the Cincinnati Chili.  You’ll simply have to trust that I wouldn’t take the easy way out and do that to you.  Have I ever lied to you before except for that one time?

I did have a side of sweet potato drenched in melted butter with this for my lunch.  The cheap sprinkle cheese I used on the spaghetti sauce melted slightly and welded itself to my teeth.  I’m glad I was eating alone.  Right after I practice my drum I’m going to go out and purchase some good cheese.

Loveya – The Grandma



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Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.

1 Comment Leave a comment

  1. Not only am I loving the recipes, I am literally LOLing at this one, and Parsley. And I love your Blackmailing Grandchildren post. Keep ’em coming. They rock!


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