Call Me Mrs. Prego

Ok, first of all, thats Prego the sauce brand…not "prego" as in pregnant! 

Saturday I woke up with a huge craving for some good spaghetti--no meat sauce, just marinara and noodles. Here in Midland the options are limited for real homemade Italian food. I do not count Olive Garden or Carino's in that category. So I went to the store and decided I was going to play around with making my own red sauce. It turned out wonderful! I took some next door to my Aunt and Uncle and they both loved it too, which made me feel good. 


A can each of tomato sauce and crushed tomatoes. I like the brand Red Gold, personally. If you want more tomato chunks go with a can of diced tomatoes instead of the crushed. I like them a little less obvious.

Half of a yellow onion, diced. **Sauté it in olive oil briefly before adding tomato and seasonings! 

The rest of the ingredients I use purely to taste and continue to add a little more as it cooks but the flavors I include are:

Italian Seasoning, Basil and Garlic (<--I love this spice, its by McCormick's and is one of their "Perfect Pinch" seasonings, Basil Leaves, Garlic Powder, Salt, Pepper, Sugar, and Merlot.

I go fairly heavy on the garlic powder, pepper, and basil and garlic combo. I like garlic. If you don't you will obviously use less. I also like a little bite to my sauce so I go very heavy on the pepper. I use the sugar to cut the tomato flavor just a bit. I do not use a lot, maybe 1/4 tsp. 

I use about 1/2 cup of wine and then add more seasonings to cut the wine taste. The Merlot leaves a bit of a peppery bite to it which I like. Side note* Messina Hof is made in my hometown, Bryan, Texas, so I use it. I do not really enjoy drinking this particular wine though. It tastes great in the sauce however! 

I cook it on medium/low heat the whole time I am boiling water and cooking the noodles. Just before I get ready to drain the pasta I add a good handful of shredded parmesan cheese to the sauce and let it get melted in while I'm prepping the noodles. Then just add them to the sauce and serve! 



  1. man I only came to view this b/c I thought you meant your were pregnant. j/k



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