Spaghetti Sauce

Garden overflowing with fresh tomatoes? Here's a sauce recipe that keeps them at their flavorful best.



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Servings: 16
Serving size: 1/2  cup
Yield: 4 pints
Prep Time: 1 hr
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Ingredients
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    15   pounds 
    firm, ripe tomatoes
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    1/4  cup 
    water
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    1   medium 
    onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
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    1   small 
    green or red sweet pepper, chopped (1/2 cup)
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    1/2  cup 
    sliced mushrooms (optional)
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    3   cloves 
    garlic, minced
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    1/4  cup 
    snipped fresh parsley
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    1   tablespoon 
    brown sugar
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    1   tablespoon 
    fennel seed, crushed (optional)
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    2   teaspoons 
    salt
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    2   teaspoons 
    dried basil, crushed
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    2   teaspoons 
    dried oregano, crushed
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    1   teaspoon 
    dried marjoram, crushed
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    1   teaspoon 
    pepper

Directions
1.
Wash tomatoes. Remove cores; cut into quarters.
2.
Place tomatoes in an 8- or 10-quart Dutch oven or kettle. Heat to boiling, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to medium. Cook, uncovered, for 20 minutes. Press tomatoes through a food mill; return tomatoes to Dutch oven. Discard seeds and pulp.
3.
In a medium saucepan combine water, onion, sweet pepper, and, if desired, mushrooms. Cook over medium heat, stirring often, until onion and pepper are soft. Add to tomato mixture. Stir in garlic, parsley, brown sugar, fennel seed (if desired), salt, basil, oregano, marjoram, and pepper. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, about 2 hours or until reduced by half, stirring frequently. (Measure the depth with a ruler at the start. At the finish, the depth should be half of the original measure.)
4.
Ladle hot sauce into hot, clean quart or pint canning jars, leaving 1-inch headspace. Wipe jar rims; adjust lids. Process jars in a pressure canner at 10 pounds pressure for 25 minutes for quarts or 20 minutes for pints. Allow the pressure to come down naturally. Remove the jars from canner; cool on racks. Makes 4 pints (16 one-half cup servings).
Nutrition information
Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 98, Fat, total (g) 1, carb. (g) 22, fiber (g) 6, pro. (g) 4, vit. A (RE) 278, vit. C (mg) 85, sodium (mg) 306, calcium (mg) 20, iron (mg) 3, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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