I have a lot of once a month cooking and pantry stocking plans coming up in preparation for before and after I have my baby. One of the bulk meals I will be making is homemade spaghetti sauce for spaghetti and pasta. Today, I only made one large batch but was able to get 10 quarts of sauce. I canned 7 quarts of it and saved 3 quarts for using this week.
Here’s the break down of what went into my sauce:
- 2 of the #10 cans of tomato sauce. I bought the #10 cans at Sam’s Club and paid $2.72 for each can. Each can is 6 lbs 9 oz. of sauce.
- 2 lbs of grass-fed beef. We raise our own meat and just returned from the butcher last week to pick up our meat. More on that later….but I used 2 lbs of our beef. I was having a hard time cooking it because it was so lean. My cost break down for the meat is about $1 a pound for butchering and packaging.
- 2 lbs of pastured pork sausage. We also raised the pork. I used 2 lbs of medium heat sausage.
- 2 cups of red wine. I had some left over Merlot that I added at the last minute.
- 1 package of fresh mushrooms–chopped. I bought the mushrooms at Sam’s for $3.49.
- 1 very large red onion–chopped.
- 4 crushed garlic cloves.
- 2 cans of black olives–chopped.
- Fresh basil from the garden. Fresh chopped basil smells so wonderful!
- A lot of sweet mini orange, red and yellow peppers–chopped.
- A variety of other spices like Italian seasonings: oregano, bay leaf etc… Also, salt and pepper.
The #10 cans of Hunt’s Sauce worked quite well for making a large amount of sauce at one time. It all fit fine in my 11 quart pot…although very full after adding everything.
I actually had two iron pans full of meat. I cooked the sweet peppers, garlic and mushrooms with the hamburger and cooked the sausage in another pan. After it was finished cooking I added it to the sauce and simmered it all for several hours on low…stirring often.
I chopped a couple of cans of black olives and chopped up a bunch of fresh basil from the garden. I also added the seasonings.
I was planning on freezing the sauce in gallon size freezer bags, but instead, I changed my mind and decided to can the sauce to stock my pantry shelves with.
This would be one of those food quality vs. price situations because I estimated that it cost me about $14 to make 10 quarts of sauce. It turned out better than any store bought sauce I’ve purchased! In my book, an excellent price for wonderful gourmet homemade sauce!