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Old 01-15-2008, 02:48 PM   #1
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Spaghetti Sauce

I don't like a lot of spices in spaghetti AND I don't always want to make my own...does anyone have a suggestion how I might "doctor" up a jar of sauce so that the oreganio and basil isn't so strong?

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Old 01-15-2008, 02:52 PM   #2
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Maybe just add a little plain tomato sauce to it?
Can't help much, I like seasonings.
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Old 01-15-2008, 02:55 PM   #3
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Jarred sauce is usually pretty plain. Why do you want to "doctor it up?"

You could add mushrooms and/or ground beef or vegetables.
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Old 01-15-2008, 03:02 PM   #4
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Why don't you just use a can of crushed tomatoes and then you can add what you do want rather than trying to remove the taste of something that has been added to a jarred sauce?

Add to a can of crushed tomatoes a pinch of onion and garlic powder, a hint of whatever green herbs you like (oregano and basil) and just a bit of sugar. Not a lot of work for something that will likely suit you to a tee.
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Old 01-15-2008, 03:37 PM   #5
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I doctor up jar sauce all the time. They're all pretty plain for my taste, but Ragu traditional is really plain IMO and still a name brand if that's what you like getting.
Have you tried thickening a can of tomato soup instead?
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Old 01-15-2008, 04:26 PM   #6
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I am with Alix. That is what I do in a pinch. Not a fan of any jarred sauces so I just make a quickie of my own.
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Old 01-15-2008, 04:28 PM   #7
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Buy a can of tomato, not spaghetti, sauce, such as Hunt's, Progresso, or Contadina. Make sure it is tomato SAUCE, as sauce is cooked, where crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, or tomato puree are not. Then add, let's say, some sauted chopped onion, and salt and pepper to taste. You might also want to simmer your meatballs and/or sausage in the sauce for 30 minutes to an hour to add a bit of meaty flavor. My father has very bland tastes, so onion, salt and pepper are all my mother adds to her sauce in the way of seasonings.
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Old 01-15-2008, 08:46 PM   #8
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Thanks for the posts...I'll try your method of adding the spaghetti sauce to tomato sauce rather than the other way around. The leading spaghetti sauces have too much oregano is much too heavy...
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Old 01-15-2008, 11:31 PM   #9
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I agree with Alix. It is so easy to saute onions and garlic, add a tiny bit of crushed red peppers(or not), then add a can of tomatoes, some seasoning, maybe a pinch of sugar, and cook for a little while. What you end up with is a much tastier product which is truly all yours.
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Why don't you just use a can of crushed tomatoes and then you can add what you do want rather than trying to remove the taste of something that has been added to a jarred sauce?

Add to a can of crushed tomatoes a pinch of onion and garlic powder, a hint of whatever green herbs you like (oregano and basil) and just a bit of sugar. Not a lot of work for something that will likely suit you to a tee.
ta daa! My thoughts exactly
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