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The Loves only have two treasured family recipes. I wrote about one of them, mayonnaise cake (which I hate), here. The other recipe isn't even ours--we co-opted it from my aunt's ex-boyfriend, who blew everybody away at family functions with his spaghetti sauce. Martin is long gone now and doing god-knows-what, but what has come to be known as "Martin's Spaghetti Sauce" (at least we named the recipe after him) continues to grace our family's tables.

The thing about Martin's recipe is that it's not really a recipe--it's a simple list of ingredients. It takes experimentation to know exactly how much of each ingredient to use, and everybody has different preferences. That makes preparing this sauce more an art than a science. Each of us in my family has a different way of making it. When I was growing up, this recipe was my dad's domain, and it was spicy. And by spicy, I mean burn-your-tongue-off spicy. I grew quite fond of my dad's Louisiana Hot Sauce-heavy method, so that is something I duplicate in my kitchen. Unlike my dad, however, I like to use fresh onion and minced garlic (the original recipe actually calls for powders), in addition to bell pepper and fresh mushrooms. Consider this recipe a list of suggestions that you can take or leave. But what follows is what I personally deem to be the perfect spaghetti sauce. YMMV.

I haven't made this recipe in quite a while. I normally find it easier to open a jar of Ragú. But it was definitely worth the effort. I don't normally measure any of my ingredients, but for the purposes of this diary, I measured out everything but the Louisiana Hot Sauce (which you should use carefully unless you like it hot).

Start out by preparing the fresh ingredients. First, a medium onion, chopped:

A large bell pepper, chopped:
About 2 cups of chopped fresh mushrooms:
I'm also using about 2 tablespoons of minced garlic. I'm cheating and using a jar of already-minced garlic because I hate mincing garlic (even more than I hate chopping onions). No, it's not fresh, but in a sauce like this, it really doesn't matter all that much.

Add a tablespoon of olive oil to a large pot. Sauté the onion until it starts to get tender.

Add the garlic, bell pepper, and mushrooms. Continue to cook until the bell pepper starts to get tender. I don't cook it all the way through because I like a little crunch in my pepper.
Add some meat. I'm using about a pound of 90 percent lean ground sirloin. I was watching my calories, and if I had my druthers, I would have added 1.5 or 2 pounds of meat. Generously salt and pepper it.
Now it's time to add some flavor. I add about 3 tablespoons each of Worcestershire sauce and A1 Steak Sauce. I also throw in a pretty generous amount of Louisiana Hot Sauce. I add the hot sauce until I can just barely stand it--that's when I know I've added enough. Cook the meat through.
Drain the liquid off and add 30 ounces of tomato sauce, a 14.5-ounce can of diced tomatoes, and 12 ounces of tomato paste. Generously salt and pepper and stir well.
Now, add the same ingredients you added to the meat mixture. This time, I'm adding 4 tablespoons each of Worcestershire sauce and A1 Steak Sauce. I'm also adding a very generous amount of Louisiana Hot Sauce--again, until it makes me sweat. Then, 2 teaspoons of sugar. Stir it up and heat through.
And that's it! Ladle a generous portion over your spaghetti, add whatever else you want to add (I prefer not to add anything else when I use this sauce), and enjoy!
One of my favorite things about making this recipe is the leftover sauce. You can have spaghetti again, or you can use the leftovers to make a very quick and easy goulash (apologies to Hungary for mislabeling the the "American chop suey," but macaroni with meat and spaghetti sauce will always be "goulash" to me). Or both. When I make a pot of sauce, that's what I have all week. And I don't complain.

Bon appétit!

March 14, 2014

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