And, Bill was a tremendous chef. He studied at the Culinary Institute in New York and worked for years in the food industry. He was a chef at restaurants throughout the Twin Cities, and though the restaurant life ultimately wasn't his cup of tea, he continued to cook for family and friends because he loved to feed people delicious food. And so he did.
My Mom was always trying to impress Bill with her concoctions, and felt like a million bucks when he liked it. So when she shared with me his tomato sauce recipe, I wanted to share it - not just because it's delicious and a recipe worth sharing, but because the value of it is much deeper. It's family. It's friendship and love. And that's really what all this food hoopla is about, isn't it?
Bill passed away this fall after waging a long and arduous battle with Leukemia. We miss him. But you know what? These recipes?... all of these recipes… in sharing them, we share a part of ourselves. Eating this reminds us of Bill’s love for us, and his love for food, and his love for life. And by sharing it, we get to share him with you.
So, I give you: Bill's Homemade Spaghetti Sauce.
In honor of you, Bill.
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 10 garlic cloves - peeled, crushed and flattened
- 1 small onion, grated
- 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
- 3/4 Cup marsala wine
- 1 1/2 tsp dried basil (we used some of our homemade seasonings)
- 1 tbsp italian seasoning
- 1 - 52-oz tomato juice
- 1 small can tomato paste
- large can of crushed tomatoes (or 1 jar of stewed tomatoes)
- Heat oil until hot, then add in garlic and onion and let simmer for 10 minutes.
- Add salt, red pepper, wine and basil. Remove the cover and reduce it by half.
- Finally, add in the italian seasonings and all the tomatoes.
- Simmer to taste! It is DELICIOUS!