i have lots of tomatoes every year in the garden so i use this recipe: not sure where i found this recipe.
about 40 pounds tomatoes
5 cups chopped onions
12 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons oregano
6 bay leaves
1/4 cup salt
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar, i also use honey
3 teaspoons crushed red pepper (oppt.)
Bottled lemon juice or citric acid
Wash tomatoes; remove core and blossom ends. Cut into quarters; set aside. Saute onions and garlic in olive oil in a large saucepot. Add tomatoes, oregano, bay leaves, salt, black pepper and sugar. Stir in crushed red peppers, if desired. Simmer 20 minutes, stirring once in a while. Rtake out the bay leaves. Press mixture through a sieve or food mill; discard seeds and peels. Cook pulp in a large, uncovered saucepot over med-high heat until sauce thickens, stirring to prevent sticking. Reduce volume by 1/2 for a thick sauce. add 2 tablespoons lemon juice or 1/2 teaspoon citric acid to each quart jar. Add 1 tablespoon lemon juice or 1/4th teaspoon citric acid to each pint jar. ladle hot suace into hot jars, leaving 1/4th inch headspace. Adjust two-piece caps. Process pints 35 minutes, quarts 40 minutes, in a boiling-water canner. Yields about 14 pints or 7 quarts.
i also can just tomatoes and use this recipe to make the sauce, you can also use canned tomatoes from the store.
Spaghetti Sauce from Canned Tomatoes
1 Tbs olive oil
1 onion, diced up
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 30 ounce can tomatos pureed
1 15 ounce tomato sauce
1 Tbs sugar(i use honey also and i ususally add more than 1T.)
(a bit of chocolate tastes good also!) oppt.
1 tsp Italian seasoning mix (recipe below)
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (oppt.)
1/4 cup red wine
( you can also put some diced tomatoes or whole tomatoes in)
Heat the oil and saute the onion until soft. Add the garlic and cook a few minutes, stirring frequently. Add the tomato puree, sauce, sugar, Italian seasoning, red pepper and wine. Simmer 30 minutes or more over very low heat, stirring now and then.I use this for spaghetti and meatballs, eggplant Parmesan, and pizza, anything with noodles
Italian Seasoning Mix
6 T. dried oregano
2 T. dried marjoram
4 or 5 t. garlic powder
4 T. dried basil
2 T. onion powder
Combine all ingred and store in a container, i use jars. Shake up before you use!