I identify as Italian! Seriously though, I really do. My step-dad (who’s been in my life since I was about 2 years old) is 100% Italian. Therefore my grandma was Italian and so is half of my family. Even though my DNA is far from it, I hold being Italian in my heart. But to be fair, I also identify as Indian and African, soooo yeah, there is also that. Being raised with multi-cultural influences has had a great impact on me. My grandparents and biological dad were born and raised in India, then moved to Thailand and then settled in Kenya and Tanzania. So yeah, I have a very big colorful heart and a melting pot soul.
Alright, back to my Italian roots. Homemade Italian anything, is always a favorite! And spaghetti sauce is a staple. It is fairly easy, (just a little prep and time to simmer) and best made in a big batch, then frozen. Makes for quick and delicious weeknight meals, when you’re pressed for time.
Few little family notes before you get started. If you’re going to keep this authentic, and you’re using canned tomatoes, only use Cento. It’s an Italian thing. You can substitute with Contadina if you have to, but stick with Cento. Use 80/20 ground beef for best flavor and always buy sausage with fennel seeds in it for taste. Only use a wooden spoon, do not use aluminum. I don’t make the rules, Grandma does!
Don’t forget to comment below if you’ve made this or have questions. Tag me in your photos!
Salute and happy cooking! ~Jeanne
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